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  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • Teemo's quotation on Tristana could sound like a totally lame Double Entendre joke.
      "If there's one person I'd trust to take on a difficult mission, it's Tristana — all day long!"
    • Given the prominent subtext between the two, this excerpt from Vi's new lore when she mysteriously disappears then suddenly reemerges as Caitlyn's partner is... head-tilting:
      "She also seemed somehow older, as if she’d seen and done things that had changed her forever."
    • A milder example is one of Corki's passives, "The Package." This might only be a little snicker-inducing on its own if you have a filthy mind, but it's led to a few times during professional games where shoutcasters accidentally blurt out really suggestive things while providing a live play-by-play.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: While Seraphine's reception is mixed among most of the servers, she's reviled in the Korean community due to the usage of Chinese voicelines in the Korean dub of the game. And that is all we'll say on this matter.
  • Adorkable: Ezreal's outer egotism belies a very dorky side, turned up to 11 for his Battle Academia skin.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Jayce's original lore drew such an outraged outcry from the fanbase (especially fans of Viktor, who was made to look like not only a weakling, but the worst kind of hypocrite) that Riot rushed out a new lore as soon as they could that didn't make Viktor look so bad.
    • Xerath's lore after Shurima update drew an outrage that he's reduced to a generic backstabbing Card-Carrying Villain, as it was seen from Azir's POV. Eventually, Riot released a series of short stories, one of them from Xerath's POV, and now he's shed that Card-Carrying Villain image, and the fandom rejoiced.
    • While The Burning Tides is overall awesome, some fans feel rather justifiably unnerved with the change of Miss Fortune into a vengeance-filled woman who looked like she'll give no shit to anything if it means getting to kill Gangplank and erase his existence. Shadow and Fortune could serve as such saving throw, depicting Miss Fortune as someone who truly cared for her crews, have more than vengeance in about getting rid of Gangplank (wanting to make Bilgewater strong on its own without latching on Gangplank's authority) and starting to question if it's really worth throwing Bilgewater to chaos and destruction for her vengeance when the Harrowing came...
    • After the SKT T1 skins to commemorate the team's 2015 World Championship victory were initially announced, many fans were disappointed by the low-quality designs, the lack of inspiration from the players themselves (similar to how SSW Twitch and Thresh got custom recalls inspired by SSW Imp and Mata), lack of representation of Easyhoon, a major SKT sub, and giving Ryze yet another skin. At first, Riot attempted to defend themselves, but they soon officially apologized and decided to delay the skins in order to improve them, and even produce an extra Azir skin to represent Easyhoon. And by god, did they deliver, updating their aesthetics to properly represent the team as well as giving them unique recall animations directly inspired by the players themselves.
    • Similarly, in December of 2015, Riot produced an Ahri short story to coincide with sales of a PVC statue of her. The poor quality of the design and anatomy (her neck was ridiculously long and her face was nearly hideous to look at) caused an almost-immediate backlash. Riot quickly cancelled the sales, saying they would try to improve the quality of the statues.
    • After the highly-contentious introduction of Dynamic Queue in Season 6 (see the Broken Base page for more), Riot announced that after Season 2016, Solo/Duo Queue will return, considering Dynamic Queue a misstep in their direction.
    • Within a span of a week nearing the end of Season 6, Riot made announcements that 2 of the most-requested features would be finally implemented in the game: Replays coming during the pre-season (which has been in on-and-off Development Hell for years now), and even more shockingly, a sandbox-esque Practice Tool confirmed to be coming out in the near future. The latter is especially surprising, given Riot's previous stance on the subject, making them seem like doing a complete 180 (Even the first line of the announcement was "Wait, what?"), but not unwelcome by fans in the slightest.
    • In 2018, the game's much-hyped and highly anticipated Clash tournament mode was hit with all sorts of brutal game-breaking bugs at launch that forced Riot to cancel it at the last minute. They were, however, very quick to make up for this by instead enabling ARURF for the weekend, offering refunds to those who had earned Clash tickets (something Riot very rarely does), as well as bonus loot for their troubles as they continued working for a better launch at a later date.
    • Pantheon's first post-Continuity Reboot lore was controversial for the decision to introduce the ideas of Aspects cohabiting mortal vessels, but then had The Aspect of War in particular obliterate the mortal Atreus' original personality, which fans interpreted as a waste of a character with a compelling backstory that was rendered moot. With his 2019 relaunch, Riot took the opportunity to flip the entire dynamic in Atreus' favor — rather than being anticlimactically snuffed out by a nondescript Aspect, it was the Aspect that bit the dust as Atreus proved himself to be even stronger and ascending to divinity, a plot which was far more universally loved.
    • Also from Targon, the 2016 reboots of Leona and Diana's lores were criticized for removing the fact the two were friends-turned-enemies in favor of highlighting them being divinely chosen as Aspects, a decision which many (especially shippers) argued took away much of the interpersonal punch of their rivalry, boiling it down to a mundane Solar and Lunar conflict. Their 2020 rewritesnote  decided to add their longstanding friendship back into their lore, making it a bigger dynamic of conflict between them again, and shippers rejoiced.
    • While the Lux comic miniseries was generally well-received, one prominent criticism was the somewhat anticlimactic ending where despite changes like the death of Jarvan III and Garen's acceptance of Lux's magehood, the already-established status quo of Sylas being an enemy leading a mage rebellion against Demacia was left pretty much intact. Concerns were quelled with "The Shackles of Belief", showing Sylas making new allies from The Freljord and thus introducing much potential conflict between the two, formerly pretty non-interacting factions.
    • Seraphine's lore on initial reveal triggered a massive backlash as it gave off the impression that she was aware of the souls of Skarner's ancestors trapped inside of the crystals, but continued to use them anyway, a trait that made her seem majorly unsympathetic. By the time she was properly released, Riot definitively stated that this interpretation was not what they intended — she was supposed to be just as ignorant as everyone who utilizes the crystals are — and her lore was tweaked and a few lines of unflattering dialogue highlighting this aspect (which were reportedly Dummied Out early draft recordings) were removed.
  • Awesome Art: Especially as the game continues to go on, the quality of splash arts has risen significantly, especially for cosmetic skins to the point where many fans admit they buy them just for their splash art. Other promotional images also look gorgeous.
  • Awesome Ego:
    • We could say nothing else about Draven aside from this and we would still be mostly right.
    • For a character whose character ISN'T solely his ego, Aurelion Sol manages to be just as, if not more smug and self-assured. It's hard to argue with him, what with him being the creator of the cosmos, moreso considering his surprisingly sympathetic backstory.
  • Awesome Music: So much so, we had to make a page for it!
  • Awesomeness Withdrawal: Brought up in an Ask Riot article as a possible reason why some people stop playing League after playing vanilla URF — after URF, normal games might feel sluggish and less fun. This player drop is the reason URF game modes don't come around often and are modified in some way when they do (ARURF, Snow Battle URF).
  • Bellisario's Maxim: Before the Continuity Reboot, there was a decent amount of Fridge Logic in the game that could be chalked up to "A Wizard (Summoner?) Did It."
  • Bizarro Episode: Patch 8.11, particularly on the competitive scene (it was the first patch played at the start of the 2018 Summer split). A massive nerf to critical strike items that basically eviscerated most marksmen led to a competitive meta straight out of wackyland, with very serious, hardcore, professional teams running comps that completely eschewed running a marksman whatsoever in favour of mages or even double bruisers in the botlane, running a support (as in a pure support like Taric, not a support/mage being played as an off-mage like Karma) in the midlane, and seeing a ridiculous surge of champions who hadn't been considered valid picks in competitive LoL for years, such as Nunu, Nocturne, Karthus, Mordekaiser, Aatrox, Master Yi, Heimerdinger, and more. The commentators in every single region were constantly lampshaded what a weird and wonderful meta they were watching, regularly being on the verge of hysterics at just how bizarre things were.
  • Broken Base / Base-Breaking Character: Has its own page.
  • Casual/Competitive Conflict: As with many other MOBAs, there is a huge disparity between casual to competitive to professional levels due to how the game is designed around communication, coordination and understanding of an absolutely gargantuan ever-changing meta. One major reason for the game's notoriously toxic fanbase is the wildly-varying difference in levels of understanding players have of the game, and when a disagreement in decision-making inevitably happens in-game because of it, well, it's gonna suck.
    • Additionally, a big problem Riot has to face is to figure out how to appealing to both bases mechanically, which considering how certain champions/mechanics are considered garbage in solo queue and even most ranked situations but incredibly valuable to high-level professional play and vice versa, is very difficult to do, making balancing very risky. Typically, however, Riot seems to favor the competitive side as a higher priority for balancing; it's not uncommon for certain Difficult, but Awesome champions reaching 40% win-rates in solo queue still seeing nerfs because they're actually incredibly dominant in professional play when played by actual professionals. On the other hand, it does sometimes go the other way as well; the reason Riot refuse to give serious buffs to champions that are completely worthless in professional play (like Garen, Yi, Sona, Tryndamere, Udyr etc) is that these champions are already capable of dominating low-level games, and if they were buffed to a level where a pro would use them they'd completely destroy the casual balance.
  • Character Tiers: Argued over, as always. Exacerbated by patches on champions, items, and game mechanics, and by the fact that the game is so contextual: a champion who dominates public Summoner's Rift matches might be useless in competitive play, or on another map. Let's leave it at that, particularly given the game's popularity and associated plethora of places to express your opinions.
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome:
    • A commonly-used accusation over anyone complaining about newly-deemed overpowered champions and disagreeing in turn ("People don't want this clearly Game-Breaker champion to get nerfed only think so because it's all they play" versus "This champion is just doing something new that stops people from doing what they conventionally did before - learn to adapt"). Needless to say, it's on the YMMV tab for a reason...
    • In Classic, the standard metagame (Bruiser at top, AP carry or melee AD assassin mid, AD carry & Support at bot, one roaming jungler, patient farming and harassing on early game with an occasional gank or two, splitpushing mid-game and teamfights on late game) is so ingrained into the fandom that unconventional setups — which are usually unconventional for a good reason - often result in complete curb stomps, because the other team has no idea how to deal with, say, three mid or two on roam.
    • This is in fact one of the main criticisms of Dota 2 players against LoL: Dota's metagame is very fluid, flexible and changing, whereas LoL's metagame is so rigid and constant it is possible to tell a Dota native from a LoL immigrant based on that trope alone: the former will always do whatever the situation asks for, whereas the latter will always farm on early game, always push on mid-game and always teamfight on late game.
    • Bard is a prime example of the complacency regarding lane meta. The devs have made it clear, he's been designed to shake up the normal meta of a Support sticking with the bottom lane Marksman, while also not being a Jungle style Support, like Alistair, or to a point, Vi. The idea being, you drop some healing orbs that also give minor speed boosts for the ADC Marksman to sustain himself, while you, as Bard, collect Charms in the jungle for XP, Mana, and Speed boosts as you go to support another lane in need. Instead, players play Bard just like any other support, sticking in lane, only collecting charms when he goes about laying down wards, or as Jungler, focusing on AP, while another, more traditional, support sticks with the Marksman. Of course, the problem with Riot's idea of a dedicated roaming support is simply that if the support goes roaming, their ADC will get massacred 1v2 in botlane while they're gone- a Bard player who tries to roam as Riot intended will just get bitched out by his ADC for leaving them alone.
    • Before it was removed, every game of Dominion went like this. Step one: One person goes bottom, four go top. One person gets the mid turret and then joins the fight at the top later. Step two: If you capture the top, then everybody runs around and tries to push the mid or the bottom... when the other team respawns RIGHT THERE next to them. Step three: They leave one person (maybe two) to defend their captures while everyone else constantly pushes. Step four: If you have a Twitch, Rammus, Teemo, Shaco, or Evelynn, then you steal their nodes while they're too busy pushing another one. If you don't, the other team does and they win.
    • It won't take you long to get into a game when two (maybe even more) players have their minds set on a champion/category/lane and neither is willing to simply let the other take the champion/category/lane they want. This can be exacerbated by the "Stop Having Fun" Guys who populate the game. People want to win, so naturally they want to play a role they're good at—and, even more than that, if you "take one for the team" and step into a role you aren't good at, those same people will blame you for the inevitable loss. Sometimes Failure Is the Only Option, but rare is the player who will accept that gracefully.
    • Starting around 2015, Riot has occasionally been attempting to create/rework champions to subvert meta complacency by having kits made specifically for their unique meta positions, Kindred and Mordekaiser being the most notable (various other champions, mostly marksmen such as Corki, Graves and Varus, shifted around as well thanks to several item/champion overhauls and a constantly changing meta, but most of them weren't intentional). Mordekaiser was intended to shake up the bot lane meta by being a melee bot laner, but found massive issues with balance and compensation in a ranged lane. Kindred, on the other hand, was designed to be a squishy marksman in the jungle, and has found much success as an unorthodox, but unique pick with a well-designed, healthy kit that gave them appropriate compensation in a fighter/tank-dominated area.
      • Riot finally managed to accomplish their goal of shaking up the meta with Patch 8.11 (see Bizarro Episode above) which eviscerated most Marksmen and led to a succession of Bruisers and Mage carries run in the botlane in their place, as well as supports being run in the midlane to accompany carry Junglers (such as Master Yi or Karthus) on their jungle farming route instead of laning.
    • Starting from Season 6, Riot has seemed to add more "tactical randomness" as a method to subvert this trope. Mechanics such as the elemental dragons and jungle plants have been added to force players and teams to work around expected and set, but varying buffs or environmental utility that spawn in different patterns each game. The former have been a decently well-received change, the latter, initially not so much.
    • When it came to defending yourself from magic damage, everyone (especially tanks and bruisers) will always stack health items first and foremost before reaching for a lifeline item like Sterak's Gage or Immortal Shieldbow. This because most MR item will only be effective on early game mages as their AP scaling will top-off almost everything once they got their core offensive items, and most dedicated MR item being highly situational or just terrible investment so much so that most people only buy Mercury's Treads, Gargoyle Stoneplate and Spirit Visage as their choice for MR item, the latter two being dedicated tank items. When fighting mages that can delete your health bar quickly, being bulky is more effective than being resistant as eating more burst still allows you to reach those pesky mages and still be able to fight other damaging type enemies than stacking MR and leaving your armor low and make yourself vulnerable to other damage source. Being bulky also makes you harder to kill by champions that utilizes hybrid or true damage.
    • As far as summoner spells go, everybody takes Flash, barring only a few exceptions (i.e. Hecarim, Shaco and Yuumi), due to how universally useful it is. The second spell slot typically works like this: Top laners take Teleport, mid laners take Ignite, junglers take Smite, ADCs take Heal, and supports take Exhaust. However, in recent years midlaners have been taking teleport more and more, while Supports often take Ignite. In pro play Teleport is near universal on everyone but supports.
  • Complaining About Things You Haven't Paid For: The game is downloadable free of charge. Paying for new champions, boosts, and skins are completely optional. Yet for some reason, every time the servers go down or are choked by a bunch of players, everyone's complaining and calling them incompetent. There's a subgroup who twists this further, and says that paying gives them the right to complain, but that free players shouldn't be allowed to.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Hecarim, The Shadow of War: Once an ambitious lieutenant who set his commander up to die for not naming him his successor, Hecarim went on to happily raze villages and slaughter innocents for his paranoid king and, after the death of the queen, talked the king into allowing him to attack neighboring nations. Convincing the imprisoned Kalista to reveal the location of the Blessed Isles to the king, Hecarim pretends to take her side only to stab her in the back and ordered the villages ransacked. Eventually dying, Hecarim lives on as an evil spectre, killing any who happen upon the Shadow Isles.
    • Jhin, the Virtuoso: Khada Jhin is a crazed Serial Killer-turned-assassin who reveals a hidden dark side to the once-pure Ionian council. Originally convicted for mass murder in the province of Zhyun, Jhin was set free by shady elements in the council, and hired to serve as their "secret weapon" of sorts. Mind of the Virtuoso shows us his crimes through his eyes, as he casually murders 4 different people, seeing all of their deaths as a painting created by his gun. Jhin lives to kill, and as long as the Ionian elders have a grip on him, the law cannot touch him. His in-game dialogue also details an old plan of his to assassinate Shen's father, the master of the Kinkou Order, before Zed beat him to the punch. Now he wants to kill both of them, Zed as revenge for stealing his spotlight, and Shen to serve as his father's "stand-in". Sadistic and seeing no point in peaceful ends, Jhin is one of the sickest Combat Aestheticists to ever come to light.
    • Mordekaiser, the Iron Revenant: He was once a mortal man by the name of Sahn-Uzal. Believing that conquest would give him a glorious afterlife in the Hall of Bones, he set about destroying every village and tribe he could to build his glorious empire of death. When he died and realized his fate was false, a wave of anger grew in him. He communicated to the living realm, promising great power to anyone who brings him back. When he was resurrected by a group of sorcerers, he repaid them by brutally murdering all of them and using their souls to make the mighty Mace, Nightfall. He then began his second conquest where he continued slaughtering more innocents for his plan. During this time he kidnapped a Yordle sorcerer named Veigar for his own twisted needs, brutally torturing him, an act that Mordekaiser has fond memories of. When he was eventually killed and returned to the land of the dead, Mordekaiser used the enslaved souls of all the people he killed during his second conquest, using the souls of the weak as building blocks for his new undead empire, their screams sounding like music to him. Now he waits to rise again and bring more death and destruction upon the world of the living.
    • Singed, the Mad Chemist: Aptly titled, Singed used himself as a guinea pig for his own experiments, extending his lifespan well beyond 100 years. Commissioned by Noxus to create salvos of chemical weaponry to aid in their invasion of Ionia, Singed ended up destroying both armies with the weapons despite being hired by Noxus, leaving Riven traumatized beyond repair. Carrying on, he proceeded to use the chemical bombs to annihilate Master Yi's village after standard troop-based warfare was unsuccessful. In his own independent work, he drugged and kidnapped Warwick off the streets of Zaun and performed horrific experiments on him that included severing his hand and drilling into his bones. When it seemed like Warwick died from the brutal experiments, Singed merely threw his corpse outside and moved on without a second thought. He soon discovered that Warwick was still alive after finding his lab in disrepair, and intended to use a name Warwick dropped during the earlier tests to track him down and force him out into the open. Whether it's wiping out the army he's supposed to be helping, razing villages with biochemical weapons, or torturing a man to death to turn him into a chimera, Singed only has one motivation for everything he does: To see if he can.
    • Tahm Kench, the River King: An obese water demon with an insatiable hunger, Tahm Kench lurks in Bilgewater's rivers and seas, stalking desperate individuals to make his next victim. Tahm Kench uses his charm to entice his victims into accepting his bargains before whisking them away to find fame and fortune...before coming back and eventually taking back everything they hold dear. While Tahm Kench's hunger yields no limits, his favorite dish is the despair and regret that seethes out of those that dare bargain with him. In his teaser trailer, Tahm Kench recounts a time where he tempted a gambler who eventually struck rich and was to be married to a princess, only for Tahm to return years later and snap up everything, from the wedding gifts, to the buffet, to his wealth, right in front of him. As he tricks the gambler's bride to let her guard down, he brutally devours her as well and mocks the gambler for being foolish enough to trust him. His in-game taunts are also particularly cruel and below-the-belt, mocking his enemies for the errors of their past, while tempting his allies to accept one of his ill-fated deals. Living only to satisfy his bottomless stomach, Tahm Kench has terrorized Runeterra since ancient times, pulling the same trick over and over again, and his silver tongue conceals a pitch-black heart.
  • Crack Pairing:
    • Zac X Riven has become popular after someone realized Riven's Bunny Girl splash art was an Early-Bird Cameo for him. While it has its roots in LoL's Rule 34 crowd, it's since begun spreading and rivals many other popular pairs in the fandom.
    • Another pairing that is quite popular in the Japanese fanbase is for reasons unknown Lulu X Kog'maw.
    • Vel'Koz X Karma. The reasons seeming because they tie together thematicallynote  as well as other reasons. Both have a color scheme involving lots of purple. Both have beam attacks. Both have AoE delay slows. However, one is supportnote , the other is damagenote . One is concerned only with himself, while the other can't stop thinking about the many. They are similar, yet opposite. And opposites attract. Even more so when they're also similar.
      • A couple years later, and fans have begun to pair Vel'Koz with Rek'Sai due to being almost complete counterparts to each other. Vel'Koz is a well spoken, multi-eyed, floating ranged champion who has to keep his distance to decimate targets or get destroyed himself thanks to his fragility, and is rather solitary thanks to his hunger for knowledge rather than for food. Meanwhile, Rek'Sai is hissing and roaring, eyeless, burrowing diver champion who excels at chasing down targets with her durability and melee attacks, and is the animalistic Hive Queen of a race of ravenous insectoids.
    • There is a not inconsiderable amount of fan art pairing Diana with a moon-themed heroine from Dueling Game Dota 2, Luna. Most of it is of the Rule 34 variety so search at your own risk.
    • Miss Fortune X Sona has seen a rise of pairing preference solely because of being the first humanoids that have the Arcade Skins (Hecarim is non-humanoid, Veigar is being the Final Boss). That, alongside other reasons, something that the other humanoid Arcade skin holder, Riven, lacks.
      • Aside of that, Miss Fortune is often seen being paired together with Nami, for those who likes'em yuri, since MF likes to travel in the ocean with her ship, and Nami's link to Bilgewater exists via Fizz... but Fizz is very non-humanoid, so the next best thing is with MF. And seeing that Nami is a good-hearted soul, it's more plausible that she's close to the closest we can get for Bilgewater's good force: MF.
      • It gets even worse than that now that some people (the Rule 34 crowd again, mostly) have started shipping MF with Tahm Kench. Why? Well MF is the most attractive female Bilgewater champion and Tahm has that long tongue you see...
    • Wukong/Seraphine (KDA Seraphine specifically) enjoyed a minor period in the spotlight after the creation of a Twitter account made by a Wukong roleplayer photoshopping Wukong into all of Seraphine's twitter posts and claiming to be Seraphine's overprotective boyfriend was discovered.
  • Creator Worship:
    • The champion designer Xypherous is loved amongst the community for his champions. News that a champion is being designed by Xypherous tends to get "First day buy!" responses. In addition to that, he's also loved on the forums for discussing his intents and history behind his champion designs openly, calmly and clearly.
    • IronStylus works in champion design and lore rather than mechanics, but receives a similar level of adoration from the fanbase, if not more. His twin masterpiece champions, Leona and Diana, made him beloved in the fanbase to the extent that every player who cared at all about aesthetics and story got excited for his newest development. Tears were shed upon realizing he unceremoniously appears to have left Riot around May-June 2016.
    • Jaredan, mainly due to the fact that he's the only person from Narrative who actually talks to the players. Plus, he promised lore updates, and better lore, and by god did they deliver.
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  • Dork Age: Kitae's handling of lore was seen as a huge Dork Age from the views of the Lore Forum users, made worse by her complete apathy to the situation. To make matters worse, her attempts at new champions being uninspired designs from DOTA 2 only makes things worse.
  • Dueling Games: With Dota 2 mainly. There may be other big MOBA games out there like Smite or Heroes of the Storm, but Dota remains as League's biggest rival, as their rivalry has gone quite long compounded with some starkly differing approach in MOBA as well as the antics of a certain Pendragon that inadvertently fanned a harsh rivalry between the two fandoms. They also have their own cast of mostly original characters when Smite and HOTS used existing materials (Mythology and Blizzard Entertainment games)
  • Evil Is Cool: Let's just say that every evil champ has some badassery to them. This is humorously and thoroughly averted by Veigar, however.
    Veigar: I am evil! Stop laughing!
  • Evil Is Sexy: Evelynn, Katarina, and Morgana are prime female examples, with Jhin and Kayn being the most prominent male examples. Though it's debatable if Morgana's actually evil however, ditto with Katarina due to Noxus' Dark Is Not Evil status.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • With its primary competitor game, DOTA 2. The stereotypical Dota player claims that League is an inferior rip-off title with watered-down gameplay to please the braying crowds, and its fans are clearly inferior players who couldn't take a real game. Meanwhile, League fans commonly argue that the changes made in the transition make for a better, more stable game, and the Dota fanbase are just a bunch of conceited snobs who want new players to stay out of their game so they can feel special. The fact that both games are infamous for their unpleasant fanbases adds an extra layer of vitriol when they start arguing over which is worse.
    • Prior to the success of Dota 2, players who refused to move on from the original Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars or who instead played Heroes of Newerth were often guilty of similar complaints, though neither game quite enjoyed similar success.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Inverted with the Evelynn/Twisted Fate pairing. While Riot retconned them being exes, much of the fanbase still treats them as having previously been an item, even though they've never met according to the current lore and it's unclear if Evelynn can feel love.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Old Warwick pretended to befriend Soraka so he could later betray her and get her (physical) heart to help stabilize a potion which turned him into the wolf creature he now and will cause him to lose his human mind if he does not. This forced Soraka to step out of the grove she lived in and sacrifice her very immortality by harming others with her powers to help him in a losing fight against supposed men who killed his "wife" - clearly, she did not think plainly of Warwick to do this. The possibility to interpret "heart" in the story in a metaphorical manner does not help.
    • Implied that Diana has a thing for Leona.
    • And then, of course, there's the "Garen gets out of bed in the morning on the hope that he has a scrap with Katarina" thing.
    • Some fans have started shipping Jhin and Sona. Is it extreme Foe Yay on Jhin's part,(Jhin wants to legitimately kill Sona, because people like her music more than his "art"). Sona doesn't know who Jhin is and expresses confusion about his desire for multiple autographs in her voicelines. Then again, the ship might also be because that Jhin and Sona are a surprisingly good combination botlane.
  • Fountain of Memes: Sett. Oh my, lord! just Sett! Because of his obvious references to the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series and how his skills work, he became the walking embodiment of this trope in just a short amount of time.
  • Franchise Original Sin: An interesting one as it still takes place in the same game, in regards to Seraphine and the lore: much noise was made about her backstory and how she exploits Brackern crystals for her own gain, but MANY other champions (mostly from Piltover and Zaun) use the same crystals in the form of Hextech gear and they're still popular with the community. Even Camille, whose backstory blatantly spells out that her family are the biggest harvesters and suppliers of said crystals, gets a passing mention at bestnote . However, it only really stuck to Seraphine as she's the only person in-lore that can "understand" the crystal's song, with her first biography implying that she outright knew that it came from the souls of once-living beings, painting her in a bad light considering she willingly used them instead of speaking out against their use (Riot has since made clear that this was a mistake via ambiguous wording and tweaked the wording to make clear that she's just as unknowing as everyone else).
  • Friendly Fandoms: Conversely to Fandom Rivalry above, fans of Overwatch have a much friendlier relationship with those of League, and the overlap between the two games has increased significantly since its official release. Part of this is due to Overwatch being somewhat inspired by League, maintaining its vibrant character diversity and lore, and structurally familiar play (taking many basic MOBA sensibilities and streamlining them in the framework of a much faster-paced Hero Shooter). It's become a somewhat common sight on Reddit in whenever Riot sets off backlash, many players will announce themselves jumping ship specifically for Overwatch.
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    G-I 
  • Genius Bonus:
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Due to the nature of the game, it's quite regular for some champs to be very favored in certain regions in detriment to others. It's especially noticeable in competitive play: one specific example involved Rumble, who upon release was deemed worthless for the NA pros while the European scene realized he was pretty much broken.
    • Worth noting that the infamous meme "Brazilians Love Mordekaiser" does not fit in; it was all a joke made by a North American player. Morde numbers are unimpressive both in Brazil as well as the rest of the world.
    • Despite the Japanese League of Legends community is known to be really small (since PC gaming in Japan requires being rich or geeky enough to have two square meters to spare for a desktop computer); "cute" champions such as Fizz, Ahri, Sona, Lux, Annie, many yordles (such as Teemo, Tristana, Lulu, Kennen, and Veigar), and lesser extent Kog'Maw have gotten a lot of popularity among the Japanese playerbase. In fact, it's common for Japanese League of Legends fanart to depict the said "cute" characters more than manlier champions such as Darius and Garen; and it wouldn't be a surprise that if Japan gets their own League of Legends servers, the said cute champions will be the most played champions among the casual Japanese playerbase. Competitively speaking however, the Japanese meta is relatively similar to the Korean meta because the Korean servers is where most professional Japanese players look at.
      • If the booru sites are to be trusted, Lulu is pretty much the second most popular characters for the Japanese/Asian player-base, only beaten by Ahri.
      • Similarly, Ezreal and Varus has also gotten a lot of popularity in Japan, due to the fact their appearance easily fit into the Bishōnen character archetype (not to mention that they are viable competitive choices).
    • The game itself, have garnered a lot of popularity in East Asian countries, specifically in China and South Korea where PC gaming is dominant. However, it also has some growing popularity in Japan as well to the point that in 2015, Japan opened their first LCS tournament and allowed to enter the international LCS stage via the Wildcard Tournament. Some speculate this is most likely the free-to-play nature of the game, as well as numerous "cute" champions that has gotten a lot of appeal among the Japanese fanbase (more specifically Lulu). Riot has announced plans to open up Japanese servers as well.
      • In the end, the Japanese server has been announced to be truly on the works, with some Names to Know in Anime to boot. And to acknowledge further on Lulu being of this trope especially in Japan, they got Aoi Yūki, better known as the massively popular Madoka Kaname, to dub Lulu. Wow.
      • League of Legends is also big in Venezuela compared to other games, with a large percentage of the LAN server being made up by Venezuelans despite this country having barely more population than Mexico City alone in a region that also covers Colombia, Central America and the Caribbean. However, this isn't really because Venezuelans actually like it, but more because LOL is actually the only mainstream-ish game an average Venezuelan can play — Venezuela's nationalist import policy multiplies the price of all imports by tenfold, meaning that a computer capable of running modern AAA games literally costs there a large family car (and an iPhone there is literally worth its weight in gold), whereas a computer capable of running League with medium graphics costs "only" $1000 dollars in Venezuela.
  • Good Bad Bugs:
  • Growing the Beard:
    • Not the game itself, but the skins. Back in the days all the skins were just recolors (of both the loading screen and the champion itself). Now you'll have to look hard to find a new skin that isn't a remodel with brand-new loading screen art.
      • And these days, it's becoming more and more common to get new particle effects and secondary changes (like Teemo's mushrooms instead being Easter eggs in his Easter Bunny skin, satellites as Astro Teemo and poison bombs as Omega Squad Teemo).
    • The post-mass Retconned lore, by quite a longshot. The initial announcement of the plan to completely reset the universe without the titular league or Summoners didn't make a good first impression, exacerbated by the mostly so-so-to-lukewarm reception of the 2013 Freljord and 2014 Shurima events that immediately followed. However, the new lore team really buckled down starting with the 2015 Bilgewater event, and while there have been a few hiccups every now and again, it's generally agreed that the lore has gotten much higher-quality with a lot more emotional depth and worldbuilding than before, especially since most regions and champions have been properly rewritten to fit the new universe.
    • The level of in-game storytelling has also increased quite a bit. While champions used to get just enough voice lines to flesh out their personality a little but nothing more, newer champions frequently have specific interactions for everything from buying certain items to interacting with certain ally or enemy champions to interacting with aspects of the map.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The champion Diana was somewhat inspired by Lady Gaga, who made a song about the late Princess Diana and her death a few months ago during her debut. IronStylus admits that this tidbit of news was a bit creepy.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Kha'Zix is an Alien Expy whose primary damaging spell is heavily reliant on an isolation mechanic. Kha'Zix was released in 2012, but fast forward to 2014...
    • One of Dunkmaster Darius's opening lines is "I don't need a buzzer to tell me when to start dominating." Following his rework, his passive makes him tremendously powerful when it triggers. Which, on this skin, is signaled by a loud buzzer.
    • There's a custom mod that can turn Leona into Saber. In the Japanese server, she would be voiced by Ayako Kawasumi, Saber's voice actress.
    • When Sion got reworked, one of his jokes with Urgot is claiming that they can't hang out as 'overlooked ugly old champions' anymore because he's reworked and cool now. In 2017, Urgot received a rework that's on par with his, if not better. Perhaps Sion might wanna rethink his decision.
    • After his rework, Urgot's line when he lands the initial hit from his ult on Lucian has him mocking him by saying that Senna will never escape Thresh's lantern. Two years later, she did exactly that and became her own champion.
  • Hype Backlash: Not quite to the game itself, but the popular and anticipated Ultra Rapid Fire Mode has started to gain an increasing amount of detractors ever since its regular inclusion in the Rotating Game Mode queue was announced. While many fans are still happy to play a mode where all their characters are hilariously overpowered, a growing minority has sprouted saying that some of them are still significantly more powerful than others (namely high mobility, high damage burst assassins), which may inevitably lead to Complacent Gaming Syndrome and suck out all the fun (as well as the appeal) of the game mode.
  • Incest Yay Shipping: While uncommon, several sibling pairs are shipped together, notably Garen and Lux, as well as Morgana and Kayle have somewhat of a following.
  • Iron Woobie:
    • Lux feels like she lives an empty life on the inside, but she doesn't let it show.
    • In Poppy's old lore, she saw her father murdered by Noxian assassins, but continued with her delivery anyway. In her new lore, she's on a seemingly-endless quest to find the legendary hero of Demacia, unaware that she probably IS the legendary hero.
    • Being the only survivor of Unfriendly Fire Deadly Gas caused Riven to break her treasured runesword, self-exile herself from her city-state and wander for a way to serve the philosophy of power she has followed her entire life. She refuses to give in to self pity despite all she's been through.
    • Nasus. He and his brother came to aid Shurima only to find it destroyed, the Emperor obliterated, and his Court Mage transformed into a raging nexus of magic. He had no choice but to seal Renekton and Xerath away together, and when the tomb was finally reopened, Renekton had lost his sanity and wanted to see Nasus dead. The only bright spot was the return of Shurima with the resurrection of Emperor Azir — and even Azir fails to accept responsibility for what happened, leaving Nasus with no one to blame but himself.
    • Leona. Ever since childhood, she always kept her philosophy about strength being used to protect others, which led her being ridiculed and considered 'problem child' by the Rakkors, except possibly her childhood friend Pantheon. And when she couldn't bring herself to kill her opponent in the ritual match, the Rakkor elders set up her execution and could've possibly sent Pantheon as one of the executors. She's only saved by the intervention of the Solari and had to move away from home to be their paragon... and it turns out that the Solari tribe could be a bit of an ass, and this actions led Leona's Solari friend, Diana, to be condemned heretic, pull a Face–Heel Turn and massacred the elders, now opposing her. Leona deals with this by still protecting everyone she can, still being friends with Pantheon, and doing her best to stop Diana's madness.
    • Yasuo. He spent years trying to clear his own name and track down the assassin who murdered his mentor, only to find that Elder Souma died in an accident which Yasuo (thinks he) could have prevented. He had the strength of spirit to forgive Riven, who was responsible, but he can't forgive himself.
    • Galio is a rather boisterous example. Created to be an Anti-Magic bulwark whose sudden consciousness is treated as an accidental afterthought, he only comes to life when great magic for him to fight is near, and when it's over, he's left to slumber for decades, even centuries until the next big battle. While he squeezes as much enjoyment out of the little life he can experience smashing baddies for Demacia, and has the excited personality to show for it, even he acknowledges it's with the bittersweet knowledge that once it's over, he has to go back to sleep.
  • It's Easy, So It Sucks!:
    • In general this is a criticism of the game when compared to other MOBAs; the gameplay is simplified and less unforgiving in many respects. These criticisms became a lot less common as other MOBAs came out that were even more streamlined than LoL, leaving the ultra-hardcore games like Dota 2 as the extreme outliers of the genre rather than the standard.
    • Even though Sona isn't considered overpowered, she's still looked down upon because it's entirely possible to play her well just by spamming Q-W-E and pressing R occasionally, occasionally having to worry about her passive, but likely at the bare minimum for the game.
    • Karthus' ultimate is nicknamed "Press R to Win" for a reason, and his passive actually makes him more deadly if he gets killed. Many a team has been aced by killing Karthus, only for his teammates to keep them around for Death Defied and an uninterruptable Requiem to clean house.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: The instant Seraphine was announced as a playable champion, she got hit with criticism for being a retread of Sonanote , with detractors derisively referring to her as a "Sona 2.0", seemingly being pushed to overshadow a beloved champion who fans have felt has been neglected over the years. Thematic and gameplay overlap isn't uncommon in League, and Seraphine's kit is significantly different in execution to Sona'snote , but combined with the other controversies surrounding her character in lore and marketing, critics were far less tolerant of her supposed lack of evolution.

    L-N 
  • Les Yay:
    • It didn't escape the community's notice that in one of their Easter Egg interactions, Vi calls Caitlyn "cupcake".
    • IronStylus has made a few ambiguous comments that Diana might have a thing for Leona. The ambiguity has only led to rampant speculation. Naturally, doubles as Foe Yay.
    • When in the Star Guardians skins, Jinx will comment that an ally Lux "even makes boring look beautiful".
    • As of 2020, there's a lot of Les Yay in the K/DA verse between Evelynn and Akali and to a lesser degree, Evelynn and Ahri. Seraphine gets on this as well with her Ship Tease with Akali, with the implication that there might be something going on between them being present on her character blog, though it never goes anywhere. Kai'sa stands out as the only one that doesn't get ship tease with the other members of K/DA.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Little is known about General Du Couteau (not even his given name), but everyone agrees he's a badass. He's said to be the single greatest blademaster in the entire world.
    • IronStylus, concept artist of Riot Games, got a thread on himself like this due to being a popular Rioter from posting often on the forums.
    • Master Yi is the manliest badass ever existed with his dunking skills.
  • Memetic Bystander: The knight with helmet that keeps getting obliterated by the more malicious champions garnered a following that he's eventually given the affectionate nickname "Helmet Bro".
  • Memetic Loser:
    • Champions with a noticeable drought of alternate skins over long periods of time tend to get a lot of memetic attention, often leading to accusations of neglect from Riot and cries of "X skin when?" at any available opportunity. Newer champions that go at least a year or more without getting a second skin get this much harder; Aurelion Sol, Kalista, Kayn, Kindred, Ivern, Kled, and Ornn are just a few examples of those doomed with this status (and occasionally still do even after they all eventually received more skins).
    • Kai'sa in the context of K/DA gets this treatment. She had no singing lines in POP/STARS, causing some to question why she was even part of the band. When K/DA released more content in 2020 and this was finally rectified, her appearance on the Worlds 2020 stage was mocked (see Special Effects Failure below) and the concept video for DRUM GO DUM, her solo song, was of significantly worse quality than VILLAIN, Evenlynn's song, which had Visual Effects of Awesome. Cue jokes that Evelynn took all of Kai'sa's budget for her own.
  • Memetic Molester: Some of the characters are seen as one such as Ahri, Baron Nashor, Vel'Koz, Zyra and Ivern (at least when his teaser trailer was released). Taric is also an offender, usually at Ezreal's expense.
  • Memetic Mutation: Has its own page.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • On almost every single one of Phreak's champion spotlight videos, there are people saying that his builds don't work that well or that he plays terribly. Despite the fact that these videos are to demonstrate the mechanics of a champion, rather than how to play them well. Possibly this is the reason he no longer recommends builds in spotlights.
    • This video by the Riot Games Support channel is meant to warn players about free RP scams that pop up all over the place online, but since most people don't fall for them to begin with, many viewers pay more attention to Tristana instead.
  • Mis-blamed: Stanwick Pididly stole Viktor's notes, plagiarizes and takes credits for his works, yet the fans didn't even notice him, and instead blamed Jayce as being the stuck up jerk that made Viktor miserable in the first place. Then again, his outrageous first lore might have something to do with it, but still, it's kind of jarring that Stanwick so far remains a Karma Houdini for Viktor's sufferings.
  • Moe:
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • "Pentakill!"
      • LAN has "P-P-P-P-PENTAKIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!".
    • "Ace!", caused by the deaths of all players on one side, means that you're safe to push and destroy towers for a while.
    • "Shut down!" for when someone on the enemy team is on a killing spree and you put an stop to it.
    • For newbie players, the jangle of coins that comes from last-hitting a minion, especially if heard a few times in a row.
    • For Yasuo players and their allies, the metallic clang from landing a second Steel Tempest in less than ten seconds, since it means his next casting of it will generate a tornado — and possibly an ultimate if it's up.
  • MST3K Mantra:
    • Following the release of Graves, one thing has been pointed out. Gun: two barrels. Ability: three simultaneous shots. Fixed since his rework where his shotgun now functions like an actual double-barreled shotgun, firing 2 spread shots one after another before he needs to reload new shells.
      • Note that he isn't the only one. Another gun-related champion would be Miss Fortune. Weapon: twin flintlocks. Ultimate: shooting more bullets than any flintlocks are capable of shooting in a very short time.
      • Zed's ultimate also qualifies, since it's animated for two shadows plus Zed, but only leaves one. In this case though, it's because the second shadow was too hard to balance.
  • Narm:
  • Narm Charm:
  • Nausea Fuel: Pre-rework Urgot's character design is very heavy on the squick.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Despite its lack of canonicity following the lore's global retool, Demacia will never live down Lux's League Judgment due to it showing a serious dark side, one including mandatory conscription and Lux being forcibly dragged from home in tears against her will. It paved way for people to flanderize Demacia as a tyrannical empire hiding behind shiny 'good guy' propaganda, just based on that event, even if a lot of those shiny "good guy" stuffs could also be genuine.
    • Seraphine's detractors and even some are her fans are not going to let her live down her poorly worded champion bio and voice lines which implied that she was fully aware of the suffering her usage of the crystals caused to Skarner's kind. Even after Word of God adjusted her bio, removed the offending lines (reportedly early draft material not intended to be shipped out) and made clear to say that she isn't actually aware of it like we the audience are, it's still memed and used to denounce her character as a whole.

    O-P 
  • Older Than They Think:
  • Pandering to the Base: K/DA's comeback in 2020 amped up the Les Yay between the members (sans Kai'sa) after the ships exploded in popularity post the groups original debut back in 2018. Seraphine has also gotten some Ship Tease with the units most popular member Akali right out the gate.
    • K/DA Seraphine is seen as this for the Chinese playerbase, as she's Chinese in the alternate universe K/DA is set in, has been to Shanghai where Worlds 2020 was taking place, and part of her musical shtick is her ability to sing in both Chinese and English as shown in her verse in "MORE" and one of her original songs "You Made Me This Way".
    • Battle Academia and Star Guardian have Ezreal and Lux as a couple or on the verge of becoming a couple respectively, which is clearly meant to pander to fans that weren't too fond of the ship being shot down in League's canon universe.
  • Paranoia Fuel
    • Whenever stealth-based characters such as Shaco or Twitch disappear, you're going to be seriously worried about an ambush.
    • Both Nocturne and Twisted Fate have abilities that let them travel great distances instantly. Twisted Fate's allows the entire enemy team to see where you are. Nocturne's prevents you from seeing where any teammates not right next to you are. Both can be quite a scare when you're alone.
    • Warwick's Blood Scent lets him see enemies that have less than 50% health in a pretty big radius. If you hear howling and see a pair of evil-looking eyes above your head, you'd best call for backup. Or run. Ever since his rework, Blood Hunt as it's now called instead gives Warwick a more emphasized movement speed boost....on top of an eerie ambience that EVERYONE in the game can hear.
    • Fiddlesticks isn't really much of a threat early game, more of a slight annoyance with a silence, fear, and refusal to die with Drain Health. He becomes a major problem after he picks up Crowstorm and starts roaming. If you can't see him, there's a chance he can jump over a bush or wall with Crowstorm active. Not only is the ability devastating if you're standing in it's area of affect, it's also incredibly shocking due to its accompanying sound effect of "LULULULULULUCAWCAWCAWCAW."
    • Once Karthus gets his ultimate, cue the entire enemy team rushing each one a Zhonya's Hourglass if that's what it takes to not die to his ultimate that hits everyone in the map at the same time.
    • Same with Akali having her own ultimate. She can dash out of the jungles and slay you in seconds, and trying to run is often futile.
    • If you're fighting on the opposing team against Yasuo, being thrown up the sky in any manners is the LEAST thing you want because who knows when he'll suddenly pop out of nowhere, juggle you in the air with his Last Breath and just prepare to slice and dice you up with his sword (or get his teammate to help him kill you), if that Ult hasn't killed you yet (not to mention, with his usually high Crit rate, it's like facing someone who's more than likely slash your vital parts accurately). Like Akali, Yasuo can also pop up out of the jungles provided that someone else is sending you to the air on the other side.
    • Sion post-rework has a notification sound whenever he uses his ultimate, Unstoppable Onslaught, that both teams can hear. It's a loud, deep metallic bang. HOWEVER, the enemy team will only hear it when they can see him using his ultimate. In short: They likely won't be aware of the unstoppable juggernaut barreling towards them until it's far, far too late.
    • Kayn, especially in either of his final forms. Shadow Step allows him to travel through walls and fire off his other abilities while inside. Once he's landed a hit on you, Umbral Trespass blinks him inside your champion and makes him almost impossible to escape from. If you see a glowing black spot on a nearby wall, chances are he's coming to ruin your day.
      • Riot apparently loved the concept of Shadow Step so much that in ARAM during the 2018 Bilgewater event, they made the boot item Ghostwalkers to potentially allow any melee champion to do the same thing with whatever initiation/flanking powers they have, with the glowing black spot being replaced with much more vague invisibility effects that are also much easier to miss if you're not paying full attention.
  • Popular with Furries: Between the various Vastaya champions, the Ascended of Shurima, the elemental demigods of Freljord, the Kindred and even the Yordles, LoL has a huge subset of furry fans.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Nightbringer Aphelios's skin suggests he and Alune, a Daybringer, were meant to do battle but instead ran away together after being 'drawn together' by the moon. This would be all well and fine, but in canon Alune is Aphelios's sister, making this either a lack of research on the creator's part or blatant Incest Subtext.

    R-T 
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Ask anybody who doesn't like Ahri about her character and you're almost sure to hear her being compared to a succubus who still sleeps with men to devour their life essence. While it's true that she used to steal the life essence from men, a major point of her backstory is that she only did that before she became human enough to understand that what she was doing was wrong, and once she did she resolved to find a way to become human without taking any more innocent lives. Technically, it's only mentioned that she used her charms to lure men to her. Whether or not she actually slept with them isn't mentioned (and the short story 'Stray Fox' makes it quite clear that she devours their essence by sucking it out of their face while they're dying, making it extremely unlikely that she goes as far as to have sex when she only needs to lure them close enough to snap their necks).
    • For many, Jayce is often seen as a stuck-up Glory Seeker Jerkass who's the source of poor Viktor's sufferings, thanks to his outrageous first lore that made Viktor look like a straight up villain. This is ignoring that Jayce himself also genuinely loves Piltover and wants to protect it as much as other citizens there, and also ignoring that there's a possibility that Viktor acted that way because of how he was driven to that position thanks to Stanwick Pididly. But the haters usually forgot Stanwick existed (maybe because he's not playable, and with League's lore reset, they think he stopped existing), and then just full on blame Jayce and 'demonize' him.
      • Unfortunately, following the post-lore retcon, this is actually much more of a canonical interpretation, since Jayce is being portrayed as an unlikable Tony Stark-esque Jerkass who ends up defeating Viktor, who while removing the free wills of others on his own will, was actually doing it to prevent the suffering of his patients, and is deemed a hero for it.
    • Much like people likes giving merit to Noxus' Social Darwinist issues, people likes reducing the whole Demacian faction to be a Knight Templar fascist state masking themselves as champions of justice. The most popular basis behind this comes from their treatment of magic-users, specifically Lux and Sylas.
    • On the similar lines to above, post-relaunch Kayle is a very contentious character. While she isn't portrayed as a particularly nice character in canon, even by standards of other Demacian champions, many of her detractors tend to reduce her heavily law-centric thinking and warlike personality as her being a Lawful Stupid Light Is Not Good villain, filing down the nuance to said judgement and the quiet moments where her mask falters to indicate that her flaws and self-dishonesty are intentional. Conversely, this interpretation is often paired with making Morgana and her more sympathetic personality far less flawed than she actually is.
    • Both classic Seraphine and K/DA ALL OUT Seraphine got hit with layers upon layers of this during her very tumultuous announcement phase.
      • For classic Seraphine, the initial impressions of her being extremely similar to Sona drew the ire of Sona fans who proceeded to characterize her as a petty Alpha Bitch who bullies her predecessor. Things got even worse when her voice lines came out and players took umbrage with the fact that her voice lines made her comes off as catty and sarcastic, even from lines that weren't meant to be taunts. Most infamously about classic Seraphine is the fiasco regarding her relationship with the brackern and Skarner, with many blowing Seraphine up as a cold-hearted psychopath that knowingly butchers the brackern for callous reasons due to her original voicelines and poorly-worded lore leaving the impression that she was fully aware of suffering her usage of the brackern crystals caused to Skarner's kind, but continued to selfishly use them anyway. After some time, Riot acted on damage control to explain the context and misunderstandings and even adjusted the Seraphine's lore to reassure the players that she was unaware of what the voices inside the crystals were telling her, making her just as ignorant as everyone else in Piltover is. However by that point, the damage was done, with many continuing to demonize her champion.
      • K/DA ALL OUT skin Seraphine came with her own share of demonizing for various reasons such as; the skin being ultimate upon Classic Seraphine's release; Seraphine's now highly controversial Character Blog; Riot apparently concieving the K/DA skin and it's story before the classic champion; and also accusations of Seraphine being self-insert cashgrab that takes attention away from the original members of K/DA. Like classic Seraphine, her skins the voice lines caused people to jump on her for sounding bratty and overly-sarcastic, with special attention being directed at her K/DA ALL OUT Superstar dialogue where she taunted her now-bandmates seemingly out of newfound narcissism, which was seen as very much unlike the Seraphine people had gotten to know from her character blogs. Once again, Riot enacted Author's Saving Throw by releasing the tie-in K/DA song "MORE" as intended, which revealed that she was merely teasing the bandmates with lines they sung all along. Even so, there's still some that don't like her insertion into the bands universe and how big a part she plays in the bands comeback.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Quite a few of the more villainous champions have no short amount of fans who'd like nothing more than to see them achieve their goals.
  • Scapegoat Creator:
    • Morello is a particularly big case as the Lead Champion Designer. Occasionally crosses over with Mis-blamed for people who don't realize what he, or other reds, actually do. He's embraced the title of "Nerf Master Suck Town" bestowed on him in a patch preview comic; other devs often commend him on his impressive forum aggro tanking abilities.
    • CertainlyT, one of Riot's current champion designers. His claim to infamy is being the man responsible for Darius, Zyra, Thresh, Yasuo, Kalista, with every single one of his champions having been considered overpowered, toxic, or a pain to balance for long periods of time. While he's got some fans due to being friendly, open-minded and active on the forums, as well as at least being interesting with his off-the-wall design philosophies, many dislike CertainlyT for ushering the era of "League of Mobility" where immobile tanks or Stone Wall wouldn't thrive so well.
    • Before his departure in mid-2016, Lead Designer of Social Systems RiotLyte was divisive among League of Legends players, especially on Reddit. As the designer of social systems in a game that has notorious reputation of being extremely hostile, he's almost always the one to be blamed if any change to social interaction, matchmaking, player expectations, etc. is made and doesn't please the entire audience, as League's vocal minorities are still extremely prominent. Now whether or not he actually deserves his criticism for all of his changes and overall philosophies around the game is a completely different matter we probably shouldn't address here.
    • Lead Game Designer Ghostcrawler got a ridiculous amount of hostility for the much-maligned jungle changes in the middle of Season 8, with claims he was responsible for destroying the game's balance and not caring about the players' experience, escalating after it was suggested that he doesn't even regularly play the game himself. It got so bad that he had to step in to directly address many of the complaints himself, including reminding fans that he isn't the only one working on balance, and he doesn't have control over every decision Riot as a whole makes.
  • Scrappy Weapon:
    • Many items come and go in various metas, but probably the most infamously awful purchase in the game's history was Ohmwrecker, introduced in late 2012 and removed in late 2019. For a fully built item, it provided a remarkably paltry and gold-inefficient amount of tank stats, but as a "tradeoff", it had an active ability that could disable nearby enemy towers... for about 3 seconds —not enough to securely towerdive with as a tank, especially by the late game teamfighting phase— before going on an extensive cooldown and turning into a useless stat lump again. Because there was no practical reason to pursue Ohmwrecker over any other item that would better suit a valuable item slot, it languished for years in its alternating reputation as "that item nobody uses" and "that item that's mysteriously still in the game" until it was quietly killed off for good.
    • Lifeline items (items that grants you shield when your health reaches 30% or less after being hit by an enemy champion) tends to spark good amount of detractors as well as their defenders, but both sides of the coin tends to ignore Maw of Malmoritus as what they gave is significantly weaker for the price even compared to the other two Lifeline items. Apart of not granting you any bulk whatsoever, it's Lifeline passive only works when you were hit by magic damage, and it only grants you magical shield, leaving you vulnerable to physical champions. The only advantage of buying Maw over Sterak's or Shieldbow is that the amount of shield granted is significantly larger at base, compared to Sterak's lower scaling and Shieldbow's flat amount, but Sterak can accumulate more shield by it's Bloodlust passive up to 40% for melee alone and Shieldbow grants you 800 shield on max level as well as the useful mythic passive it grants you for one full built item in your inventory, and both shield eats every type of damage as opposed to Maw's magic-only shield, leaving the Maw underpowered by comparison.
    • In terms of runes, no keystone option has met with as much disdain as the Prototype: Omnistone of the Inspiration tree. A replacement of the Kleptomancy rune (which was itself controversial, but it had a significant fanbase), Omnistone's gimmick is that it fluctuates between other keystone runes, theoretically allowing players who could master use of all of them a significant edge over everyone else with only one. However, not only does it rotate on a randomly-generated basis, making it hard to extract consistent value out of whatever given runes it pops upnote , virtually no champion fits the all-encompassing archetype that Omnistone largely caters to, and will often "reward" players with a dead rune that doesn't benefit them, or worse, they outright can't use. Even champions that can make decent use of Omnistone are usually far better off with a much more consistent single rune, and given that there's otherwise no direct payoff beyond perhaps relatively low cooldowns-per-activation, Omnistone carries a reputation of being too unstable for its own good.
  • Self-Fanservice: Whether or not a champion is sensible or skimpy, expect plenty of fanarts portraying the champion in a skimpier outfit. For example: Fans are happy to think up their own versions of a champion's Pool Party skin.
    • If they're not trying to bash him or anything, there are certain circles who like drawing Teemo not as a cute yordle, but a rather hunky or handsome yordle. Riot acknowledged this themselves with the release of the "Annie-versary" skin for Annie on the game's 10th anniversary which replaced Tibbers with a giant, heavily-muscled Teemo.
    • Can you guess who's one of the most-commonly lusted-after and sexualised female champions (behind only Sona, and Ahri)? Jinx.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • Those who care about such things are split between those who prefer shipping Jarvan IV with Shyvana and those who prefer pairing him with Quinn.
    • There's also a bit of conflict between Garen/Katarina shippers, the Garen/Lux shippers and the Lux/Katarina shippers.
    • Also Riot's Ship Teaseing of Ezreal and Lux has split the base between those who think it's a cute idea and those who refuse to acknowledge anything except Ezreal/Taric.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Reading some of the really old lore that became Canon Discontinuity. It becomes quite apparent Riot had no idea what they wanted to do with the setting so some of the bios came off as quite hilarious. Some highlights include Ryze being a runaway student from a place called The Magi's Academy for Unpleasant Boys, and Taric and Malphite being straight up aliens.
  • Special Effect Failure: The Worlds 2020 K/DA performance featured the band as virtual performers, a feat that Riot had previously pulled off successfully in K/DA and True Damage performances from years prior. Unfortunately and for whatever reason, apart from Evelynn, the group's models were all clearly low-resolution, with Kai'Sa in particular being compared to a PS2 model.
  • Stoic Woobie: Nasus is implied to be one in issue 8 of the Journal of Justice when Senior Summoner Ralston Farnsley tried to get an interview with him about his homeworld. He didn't get much aside from some mumbling about his brother and the Cycle of Life and Death before "he went back to brooding".
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys: The initial fanbase was born out of DOTA All Stars. To put it lightly; if you don't know what DOTA had a bad reputation for... it's best just look at the trope name.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Qiyana is an unrepentant Alpha Bitch who believes Might Makes Right. However, she's not wrong in that Piltie miners entering Ixtal and freely stripping their resources needs to be punished, lest Ixtal lose their authority over the region. Furthermore, in her color story Fit to Rule, her sister is completely unable to protect the village under her control from miners and probably shouldn't have been assigned that role.
  • Surprise Difficulty: Anyone who doesn't read up on a champion a bit before trying them out might run into this. Some champions are listed as "Easy" or "Medium" when they're actually a bit tougher than other champions in their "Difficulty" level, and vice versa. Thankfully, people may practice in Co-op vs. AI if they don't know how a champion works.
    • Inverted with Sona, who had a difficulty rating of 'Hard' when released despite being very simple to operate. After a great deal of laughter and mockery, Sona's difficulty rating was eventually dropped to the lowest possible value.
    • Not to mention, a lot of people assume that because bots have Artificial Stupidity, that they can just think "Co-Op vs, AI? FREE EXP/IP!" and just spend half an hour dinking around and are somehow surprised to find bots at level 18 with tank-like stats, free gear, and loads of crowd control (and Anti-crowd control) or finding bots focusing on a turret and it going down before they can do a thing. Should we also mention that some bots like Tristana Bot even have massively crazy timed maneuvers in the past, like firing one of her abilities mid-Rocket Jump?
    • The recommended items for champions frequently are not what you should buy, according to the champion's dedicated players. They're not awful, sometimes even good, but (perhaps intentionally, in order to promote experimentation) the most devastating/effective items for that champion are often left out.
    • Some players also hold the theory that simple champions are sometimes more difficult than complex champions, because simple champions force you to face all kinds of situations with nothing but a few basic moves.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Seraphine's announcement provoked what is likely the most controversial and intense pre-release backlash towards a single champion by a significant margin. Her first impressions created some kindling as she was teased and announced as a part of the newly-returning K/DA before being a proper champion in the League of Legends universe, but once she was properly announced with her default League version alongside her design, gameplay, and lore, controversy regarding every aspect about her lit up the fanbase. It's clear that Riot was intending for an exciting one-two-punch of Seraphine's addition as a part of League and of K/DA, but the sheer division towards her definitely hampered much of the hype.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Regarding champion reworks, Riot often has to tiptoe around making functional, improved kits, while also preserving parts of the original champion's identity as to not alienate their existing fans and cause this trope, which can be difficult if said parts of their identity are the problems. It became such a severe problem by late 2018 (a year which was a 50/50 split of new champions and champion reworks) that Riot announced its decision to greatly slow down these sorts of projects in large part due to this type of vitriol, regardless of how often-requested and well-received they are.
    • One instance where it seemed to cross the line was LeBlanc's pre-season 7 Assassin Rework, which sought to replace her hard-to-counter instant burst damage with a more workable Confusion Fu playstyle. This broke the base wide open, with LeBlanc fans considering the changes to be a butchering of her assassin status (turning her more on a planning control mage) that made her feel clunkier to play, despite her damage being explained as why she was reworked in the first place. Notably, this rework was completely reverted a year later (though it was less to do with fan outcry and more of Riot finding the changes not reaching the gameplay fantasy they were going for).
    • Aatrox had an unfortunate case of suddenly coming back into meta within weeks of his already-announced full visual/gameplay update going live in 2018, leading to a pushback of the update with claims of it being unnecessary, among many others. Of course, the devs had to step in to remind everyone the reasons why he was getting a rework in the first place in spite of his occasional (but assuredly short-lived) success, but it hasn’t made the vitriol lobbed from former Aatrox mains any less potent.
    • While most would agree that Swain's original kit was awkward and needed a rework, not everyone was particularly happy with the overhaul his character underwent. For starters, he went from being a a random low class boy who rose up to power through sheer tactical brilliance despite being crippled at a young age (and also possibly being possessed by a crow demon) to an aristocrat who, while still brilliant, was born into wealth. He was also changed from having a leg that didn't heal properly after being broken to having lost his arm during combat. And he lost his rather distinctive appearance to become a dead ringer for Lucius Malfoy. And he lost his crow that sat on his shoulder (the one that may have been possessing him).
  • Toy Ship: Amumu is sometimes implied to have a crush on Annie which may not be entirely one-sided.
  • Tough Act to Follow:
    • In terms of lore, the Bilgewater: Burning Tides event has remained a benchmark for awesome lore events, mostly due to its intense and drastic storyline, which integrated exceedingly well in-game; not just skins, but an additional game mode, a new map, and the famous reveal and fake-outs of the newly reworked Gangplank. Riot's admitted that Burning Tides was an absolute monster to produce, leading them to prefer smaller-scale lore updates in the following years and reserve big intra-gameplay/lore shakeups for Alternate Universe events.
    • With the in-game Ultimate skins, each one proves to be a bigger challenge to produce for than the last due to their need to ostensibly "top" the previous one. It seemingly reached its peak with Elementalist Lux (a skin with 10 alternate forms, each with their own voiceovers and particle effects), and neither Gun Goddess Miss Fortune (only having 4) or K/DA ALL OUT Seraphine (having 3 and an in-game sidequest system) have been received anywhere near as warmly as a result.
    • K/DA was a smash success for Riot, gaining major mainstream attention with "POP/STARS" as a genuine phenomenon beyond the confines of League of Legends as a game. True Damage succeeded them the following year, and while they and their song "GIANTS" were also positively received and successful in their own right, it's generally agreed they simply couldn't reach the same lightning-in-a-bottle monolith status previously achieved by K/DA.
    • K/DA itself saw some of this in 2020 with ALL OUT, whose response wasn't as universally captivated as their 2018 phase. While still largely well-received, the general opinion is that singles like "The Baddest" and "MORE" didn't quite reach the bar set by "POP/STARS", and other content like their new designs and the inclusion of Seraphine were met with much controversy.
  • Trans Audience Interpretation: One oft-discussed aspect of Taliyah during her development is that her lead writer and creative team originally drafted her as being a transgender woman, and while this was left out of the final product, they and many of her fans still hold onto this as a personal headcanon. The fact that much of the core of her story — a young girl who wants to accept herself and her powers, as well as be accepted by a loving tribe — is still intact makes it fairly easy for audiences to interpret as a transgender parallel.

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  • Underused Game Mechanic:
  • Ugly Cute
    • Kog'Maw. It helps that he chases his tail as one of his idles, hums a cavalry charge as his joke, and does this as his dance. His skins are also pretty adorable, turning him into a butterfly and a reindeer. Then it was taken Up to Eleven by Pug'Maw!
    • Maokai's saplings have glowing green eyes and a large mouth made of grooves in them. They also have amusingly short limbs that mesh also amusingly by their moving animation resembling a sprint from a normal human being that is highlighted by the glowing leaves attached to their head, and make a sort of "Whhhhheeeeeeeeeeee" sound while being thrown through the air.
  • Uncanny Valley:
  • Unexpected Character: The main champion roster of Ruined King drew lots of surprised reactions upon announcement. While Miss Fortune and Illaoi were expected to a degree based off the Bilgewater/Harrowing setting, the "Kin of the Stained Blade" short not only built up to Yasuo and Ahri entering the mix, the official reveal trailer introduced both Braum all the way from the Freljord and Pyke on the side of the heroes to fight the Ruined King.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: We're clearly supposed to see Annie's step-mom as a typical Wicked Stepmother. But when looking at it from her point of view, this child your new husband has already killed one parent, clearly can't control her magic, and is responsible for her biological daughter dying.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • The developers have stated that all of the factions are mostly neutral, including Demacia and Noxus. However, with how Noxus is portrayed as being filled with various Social Darwinists and sadists who are very brutal and sinister in doing their jobs, not to mention often taking the 'bad guy' role during cinematics... Well, we have a reason Noxus is often considered the Always Chaotic Evil faction.
    • Something that comes out even worse with Demacia. Initially and after the lore reboot, they were set to be The Good Kingdom. Built on the principles of chivalry, duty, honor, justice, community, and helping others in need. It was added that they also were founded as a refuge against the dangers of magic, following the devastation of the Runic Wars, to provide a home to all those escaping from the lethal and uncontrolable sorcey unleashed. The problem is, that they keep doing this by persecuting their own mages in order of "treating their illness", or exiling them. To the point that this has sparked a magical revolution inside their frontiers. Which would make for a fine shade of gray... if it wasn't for the fact that said prosecution is ALL we are shown in Demacia stories. We are being constantly TOLD that Demacia has a strong sense of community, where everyone helps each other, and admires the heroes and defenders of the capital, who protect the less fortunate. But we are only SHOWN constantly how angry mobs in the villages attack mage hunters that come from the capital, looking for mages of poor families, who they incarcerate and "treat" with painful magic supressing medicines. And how those same distrustful mobs set fire to houses of neighbours they suspect of being mages, all the while the heroes of Demacia think about how "this isn't their Demacia", and "the people of Demacia are normally good and helpful of each other". It doesn't help either when said heroes either come out as a resentful Knight Templar, or as an hypocritical mage that won't doubt in using torture to escape mage hunters. Meanwhile, all stories showing the good qualities of Demacia of acceptance and generosity, could be count with a hand that had less fingers than normal.
  • Unfortunate Character Design:
    • The chest hair in Gangplank's old portrait really looks like it could be sprouting from... somewhere else.
    • Lord Mordekaiser's pre-VGU splash art had a large, conspicuous black hole/gemstone set into his belt. Why? Well, his original design had a metallic spike there, with a very... ill-conceived shape. It was caught and changed before the skin was sold, but it gave lots of commentators a good laugh in the meanwhile.
    • Arcanist Zoe wears a long, floppy cap in place of her Rapunzel Hair, which looks perfectly fine in its normal version. With its Prestige version, however, while making it more gold and bright, the designers initially made the tip of her cap a little more translucent, which was quickly rectified while in PBE after many pointed out that it looked like she was wearing a giant condom.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • After the game's splash arts were unified across all regions in 2016note , some referencing smoking and alcohol were subject to changes, most infamously the removal of Graves' cigar, but also others like the removal of wine from Gentleman Cho'Gath's glass. After many complaints from western fans, a middle-ground was reached in having regional edits, only censoring the images in the regions of concern.
    • All the "Mafia" skins were renamed to "Crime City" (a previously-used brand title encompassing several criminal-themed skins, explaining why "Gangster Twitch" was also renamed) due to cultural sensitivity outcries from Italian players, as the synonymous association between the term "mafia" and crime syndicates in general has been met with increased pushback over the years.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: Mordekaiser is probably less known about the fact that he's a metalheaded soul-stealing abomination from Shadow Isles, but more on 'Brazil's #1 Pick Champ, Huehuehuehuehuehuehuehue' thanks to McRooster's video.
  • Woolseyism: Many non-English versions of the game contain some references unique to that certain language by mentioning translations of video games, movies, TV series, songs, shows or other media in the characters' taunts, jokes or even lores.
    • LAN woolseyisms:
      • Prom Queen Annie and Almost Prom King Amumu — High school prom in Mexico is nowhere nearly as much of a big deal as it is in the USA. However, there is a different dancing gala attended by teenagers which is a huge deal: 15 Years parties. As a result, their LAN names are "Annie Quinceañera" and "Amumu Casi Chambelán".
      • All Star Akali became "Akali Supercampeona" in reference to Captain Tsubasa, known in Mexico as Supercampeones.
      • Hot Rod Corki became "Enchúlame la Corkinave" in reference to Pimp My Ride, known there as Enchúlame la Máquina.
      • Bandito Fiddlesticks became "Fidel el Pistolero" due to this being a Mexican Wild West skin, and "Fidel" being an actual Hispanic name.
      • Ghost Bride Morgana, whose launch coincided with the opening of the LAN server, became "Morgana la Llorona" in reference to the eponymous Mexican myth.
      • French Maid Nidalee became "Nidalee Mon Amour".
      • Due to a lack of unified rural stereotypes across Latin America, Hillbilly Gragas became simply "Gragas Rural".
      • Jinx's "Super Mega Death Rocket!" became "¡Supermegacohete Requetemortal!", which sounds much more hyperactive and spirited than the literal translation.
      • LAN Ahri sounds even sexier than NA Ahri, down to her champion pick line which was changed:
    NA Ahri: Don't you trust me?
    LAN Ahri: We're feeling playful today, eh? (Hoy nos sentimos traviesos, ¿eh?)
    • The Chinese servers:
      • Wukong's ultimate is named after the very prequel tale of the original Sun Wukong himself, "Dànào Tiāngōng" (大鬧天宮, lit. "Havoc in Heaven"). The servers also deem Wukong an incarnation of the the actual Handsome Monkey King himself in the flesh, as opposed to him actually being based off of him.
      • Xin Zhao's name is flipped around into the more traditional Eastern naming order, which is "Zhao Xin".
      • The names of all of Graves' abilities are not only Chinese idioms regarding criminal activity, they all double as Shout Outs to titles of the Young and Dangerous series. For example, End of the Line translates to "人在江湖", literally meaning "a person in river and lake" (a euphemism for a dead person), and is based on the title of the first Young and Dangerous.
    • JP made Jinx yell "Sukireta!" when she uses Zap! and made her sing "bai bai!" when she fires her Super Mega Death Rocket.
  • Writer-Induced Fanon: Seraphine being LGBT, or more specifically a lesbian, is widely accepted by the LGBT portion of the fanbase that likes her, despite it only being hinted at in her character blog with the release of the characters cover of T.A.T.U's "All The Things She Said", a single tweet that implies that she was coming to terms with her sexuality and the subtle Ship Tease between her and Akali. This notion doesn't carry over to her in-game form and neither Riot nor the writers for her character blog have confirmed her sexuality either way.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Seraphine's default outfit caught a lot of controversy upon reveal, with the biggest criticism being that her bright, Idol Singer-influenced design didn't fit the style of League and is more like a Star Guardian outfit than something that would fit in base Runeterra. While modern-skewing aesthetics have previously found their way into the game's canon, especially in Piltover and Zaun (Legends of Runeterra has the Chempunk Shredder, a full-blown rockstar), Seraphine's kawaiiko-inspired aesthetic combined with her bright pink colored hair doesn't quite gel with the Art Deco and Steampunk stylings Piltover is known for, making her stick out like a sore thumb to many. Her color story official art only further put emphasis on how out of place she looks. A nail was even further driven into the coffin when the concept art revealed that she was initially going to have steampunk elements incorperated into her idol-esque design, which many people agreed looked far more fitting than the design she ended up with because it incorperated the aesthetics of her origin place while also sticking with her champions theme.
    • Prestige edition skins in general have gotten a mixed reaction from fans due to the heavy (to the point of being excessive in some cases) usages of yellow/gold to give the skins a lavish appearance. Ahri's K/DA prestige skin was initially received negatively due to her tails looking like "bananas" or "crystalized piss", according to detractors before Riot made changes.
    • Similarly to Ahri's example, Zoe's prestige hat initially looked like an inflated condom. The ensuing backlash was very quick to have Riot change its coloring and shape.
    • Star Guardian Neeko Prestige also suffered some backlash for different reasons, as fans claimed that there was way too much going on with her design compared to the base form, which made it look worse, not better and not worthy of being called a "Prestige skin" according to some.
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