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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!"
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    • 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.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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:
    • 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: Previously titled the Master of Metal, he was in life a brutal warlord who ruled Eastern Valoran with an iron fist. Hated and feared across the continent, when his enemies finally united against him, Mordekaiser went out laughing and promising he'd come back for them. When he was resurrected by a group of sorcerers, he repaid them by forcefully turning them all into undead liches bound to his will until the end of time. This would become his signature power, where he would brutalize his foes before enslaving their souls, forcing them to slaughter their own kin against their wills. We are treated to such an act when he attacks a Demacian garrison, strangling one of the knights guarding it to death before turning him on his fellow warriors. Upon his return, the Iron Revenant would then spend a decade tracking down and killing everyone that stood against him in the past. Once he had his revenge, he resumed his campaign of carnage, never dying each time he's seemingly slain. Once it seems he's finally killed for good, he returns centuries later in the Shadow Isles, enslaving an army of undead to prepare for the slaughter he adores so much, seemingly targeting Noxus first. Unlike Thresh, who went mad from the corruption of the ancient artifacts he was guarding, and Karthus, who's a well-meaning lich at worst, Mordekaiser was always this bad, and just wants to burn the world to the ground because it's not his to rule.
    • 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. You would not believe how much Rule 34 art they get!
    • 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...
    • Some fans have started shipping Jhin and Sona. Not only is it extreme Foe Yay (Jhin wants to legitimately kill Sona, because people like her music more than his "art") but it's likely that Sona isn't even aware of Jhin's existence. Then again, the ship might also be because that Jhin and Sona are a surprisingly good combination botlane.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Yuuki, 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.
  • 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. At 2017, Urgot received a rework that's on par with his, if not better. Perhaps Sion might wanna rethink his decision.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Mainstream Obscurity: It's indeed "the most played game in the world," but in this case, it means "most hours played," which isn't the same thing as most widely played. It hasn't reached the recognition of something like World of Warcraft even among gamers (as the reaction to Ensemble Dark Horse Draven being pushed by the fandom to various victories in a GameFAQs Character Battle showed).
  • 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 Molester: Some of the characters are seen as one such as Ahri, Baron Nasher, Vel'Koz, Zyra and Ivern (at least when his teaser trailer was released).
  • 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. (Assuming nobody has the summoner spell "Revive".)
    • "Shut down!" for when someone on the enemy team is on a killing spree.
    • 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.
  • Older Than They Think:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 both for large 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.
  • The Scrappy:
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
  • 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. No event of this scope has been made since, and Riot's admitted that Burning Tides was an absolute monster to produce, leading them to prefer smaller-scale lore updates and Alternate Universe events since.
    • With the in-game Ultimate skins, each one proves to be a bigger challenge to produce for than the last due to their ever-evolving nature. It seemingly reached its peak with Elementalist Lux (a skin with 10 alternate forms, each with their own voiceovers and particle effects), and so the following year's Gun Goddess Miss Fortune (only having 4) was met with quite a bit of backlash.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • Unfortunate Character Design: The chest hair in Gangplank's old portrait really looks like it could be sprouting from... somewhere else.
    • The current Lord Mordekaiser skin has 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.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Several champions in the game possess abilities that can alter the positions of enemies or put both allies/enemies at a Mutual Disadvantage. When used correctly are devastating, but when used poorly can save an enemy from death or make their efforts at killing your allies easier. This has become a bit of a meme in the community, usually to the tune of "I'm _________! I'm helping!" Some of them include but are not limited to Alistar's Headbutt, Bard's Tempered Fate, and Gragas' Explosive Cask.
    • A common meme in the LoL community is the phrase "I'm Jarvan! I'm helping!" This is said whenever Jarvan IV gets his teammates killed by trapping them in his ultimate, preventing them from escaping or maneuvering.
    • Janna's Monsoon has gained some notoriety for just how easy it is to screw one's team over inadvertently by repositioning enemies to where you really, really don't want them to be.
    • Their actual damage utility aside, to say that Malzahar's pet voidlings have gotten Malzahar players into trouble before would be an understatement. Riot took notice of these complaints and made significant AI changes to alleviate a lot of the problems caused by the voidlings. They now attack whoever Malzahar is using his ult on, hide in the brush with him... and dance along with him. And yet stuff like THIS inevitably happens.
    • Kalista's Oathsworn mechanic can backfire in many ways if used poorly. For example: Initiating an Oathsworn at the wrong time can get Kalista, her ally, or both, killed because the process require both to stand still for a long time, and she can do that only once per game; Oathsworning a wrong ally means a wasted potential for the entire match.
  • "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".
    • JP made Jinx yell "Sukireta!" when she uses Zap! and made her sing "bai bai!" when she fires her Super Mega Death Rocket.

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