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General

  • Jhin was partially inspired by Simo Häyhä.
  • Jhin's Deutsch/German title, Der Virtuose, is the masculine original of Sona OriginalSquare Sona's title, Die Virtuosin.
  • His dance references the Lezginka dance.
    • A side-by-side comparison can be seen here.
  • Jhin is the first champion who does not actually appear in his own Splash Art.
    • Jhin is the second champion to have a Loading screen and Portrait icon not focus the actual champion, in his case, focus on the mirror image. The first one is LeBlanc OriginalSquare LeBlanc.
  • Jhin is the first champion to feature a takedown animation on his Classic skin, via Captive Audience Beauty in Death. It should be noted however that the passive effect is not solely for cosmetic purposes.
    • Despite being the only one seen in-game, the rose is just one of the many things he sees when killing someone.[1]
  • Occasionally when playing as Jhin, at the start of the game (between your team spawning at the fountain and then minions doing so at nexus) the player can hear a version of the map's theme that fits the style of Jhin's own.

Development

  • Jhin and Jhin DarkCosmicCircle Dark Cosmic Jhin are voiced by Quinton Flynn.
  • Jhin OriginalSquare Jhin's theme, Jhin PROJECTCircle PROJECT: HUNTERS theme and Jhin DarkCosmicCircle Dark Cosmic Jhin's theme were composed by Edouard 'EdTheConqueror' Brenneisen.
    • Dark Cosmic Jhin's theme is actually named Cosmic Jhin.[1]
  • Jhin was the first champion released in 2016 and was the product of the need for a brand new Marksman.
    • His first designer was Jordan 'Wrekz' Anton but his initial concepts ended up becoming the stepping stones for Kindred OriginalSquare Kindred. Jhin was in production for seven months (the usual timeframe is one year).
  • During development, he was called Deadeye.[2]
  • There were 6 candidates for his name at some point, one of which is Khada which would end up being part of his stage name. [3]
  • One of the story pitches for Jhin was similar to the canon but with Graves OriginalSquare Graves and Twisted Fate OriginalSquare Twisted Fate instead of Shen OriginalSquare Shen and Zed OriginalSquare Zed. [4]
  • The words Jhin and Deadeyed were first datamined from the game's website during his teasers.
    • The Virtuoso's name (albeit misspelled) was even spoken by a Rioter before his reveal.[5][6]
  • Jhin was named after his Visual Effects Artist, Jin Ho Yang.[7]
    • His production name and title were 'Jin, the Artisan Killer'.
      • The H was added after being deemed prone to confusion with Jinx OriginalSquare Jinx, another of August Browning's champions.
  • At one point Whisper Whisper's fourth shot was able to one-shot a Zed OriginalSquare Zed at full health.
  • Dancing Grenade Dancing Grenade used to be able to be recast from an enemy's location but the burden of knowledge was deemed too high.
    • It also used to bounce an unlimited number of times.[8]
  • Deadly Flourish Deadly Flourish used to reveal marked champions for a few seconds even through fog of war.
    • Its tooltip implies Jhin uses Whisper Whisper's barrel as a walking cane, which he actually does when not 'performing'.
  • Due to miscommunication during production, Jhin differs between artwork and in-game.
    • His eyes are drawn reddish-brown, but are blue in-game.
    • He has seemingly-prosthetic robotic limbs, even though he merely wears golden armor on top to handle Whisper Whisper's recoil Curtain Call when fully assembled.
  • Blake 'Squad5' Smith was the Quality Assurance Analyst on Jhin and implemented the camera zoom, facing lock and execute damage to his ultimate. It was his work on Jhin that convinced upper management to allow him design his first champion.[9][10]
  • One of the potential names for Curtain Call Curtain Call was "Make them beautiful".[11]
  • Jhin's obsession with the number four came about when they found his character defining gameplay, four shots from his Whisper passive, which then informed the amount of shots for Curtain Call Curtain Call. His obsession about his weapon was the starting for naturally highlighting the number of bullets in his gun.[12][13] This is also reflected in many elements surrounding him.
    • His login theme is built around 4-note motifs / written with a 4/4 time signature (each bar is separated into 4 distinct beats)
    • His name and title themselves have four letters and four syllables respectively.
      • A fourth wall breaker is that on common computer keyboards (QWERTY, AZERTY, etc.) the keys that spell his name make the number 4 diagonally.
    • IIII is the archaic and uncommon alternative writing, using tally marks, for the Roman four IV, which uses subtractive notation.

Lore

  • His stagename Khada Jhin means "Golden Excellence". As revealed in a "Did you Know" message, Khada Jhin is just a stage name, and Jhin's real name remains unknown.
    • Jhin derives from Mandarin 金 jīn [t͡ɕin˥] "gold"[14] < Old Chinese *kəm "metal < copper, bronze".[15]
      • In Chinese localization, his name is written ~ jìn [t͡ɕin˥˩][16] "ashes < remnants", from Old Chinese *dzins < Sino-Tibetan *dzin[17] (also, dzinʔ > 盡~尽 jìn "to end, to exhaust"[18]).
    • Khada references the real-life Khata scarf, from Tibetan ཁ་བཏགས kha-btags.
    • His release story was originally named "Golden Excellence" before being changed into "The Man with the Steel Cane".
  • Jhin shows traits consistent with obsessive-compulsive disorder focused on the number four.
    • The tally marks engraved on Whisper Whisper might be referencing this notation.
    • When he 'performs' in any given nation he makes a number people 'beautiful and perfect'. That number is always a multiple of four.
    • In Chinese and Sino-Xenic pronunciations, 四 "four" sounds like 死 "death" (albeit with different tones, except in toneless Japanese & Korean), leading to avoidance, though unhistorical. Examples:
      • Late Han Chinese: *siH 四 vs. *siX 死;
        • Mandarin: [sɯ˥˩] 四 vs.  [sɯ˨˩˦] 死;[19]
        • Vietnamese: tứ [tɯ˧˥] 四 vs. tử [tɯ˨˩˦] 死;
        • Japanese: shi [ɕiꜜ] 四 & 死;
        • Korean: sa [sa] 四 & 死.
    • Whisper Whisper can hold up to four bullets/fire up to four times before Jhin having to reload, with the fourth shot being the deadliest.
    • Dancing Grenade Dancing Grenade can bounce up to four times.
    • Deadly Flourish Deadly Flourish marks a target for four seconds.
    • Captive Audience Captive Audience reveals units for four seconds.
    • Curtain Call Curtain Call can fire up to four shots, with the fourth being the deadliest.
    • During his joke Jhin drops Whisper Whisper and it fires all four bullets.
  • Before the Kashuri armories granted him Whisper Whisper Jhin used to 'perform' with blades powered by chi techniques passed down from his father.
    • Although he did not craft Whisper Whisper himself, he did influence its design and he does craft his own magic-infused bullets.[20] The gun itself, Whisper Whisper, is already magical due to being hextech.
      • The device Jhin carries on his shoulder is a Hextech-powered mass accelerator that in turns powers and loads Whisper Whisper when it's Curtain Call fully assembled.[21][22]
  • Mind of the Virtuoso depicts how 'artistic' Jhin sees his 'performances'.
    • The rose that appears in game is one of the many things he sees when killing someone.[23]
    • It has been confirmed by a Rioter that his bullets shapes his victims flesh into his choosing or make it move as well as other effects. This was later reflected in Zed comic series.
      • Examples would be the four champions (Sona OriginalSquare Sona, Garen OriginalSquare Garen, Vi OriginalSquare Vi, and Zed OriginalSquare Zed) chosen to be in his teasers. However, these teasers are not canon.
  • Jhin appears to be ambidextrous (he fires regular Whisper Whisper with his left hand but when Curtain Call fully assembled he fires with his right one.
  • Underneath the mask Jhin has a fully functional face, and without his usual outfit he doesn't stand out in a crowd.
  • His favorite food is dumplings.[24]
  • Outside of the Ionia Crest icon Ionian government, the The Order of The Shadows Crest Shadow Order, the The Kinkou Order Crest Kinkou Order and a few related people, other Ionians do not know that the Golden Demon was actually a man, and believe that Master Kusho has slain the monster.
  • Jhin is around 38 to 39 years old, 4 years older than Zed OriginalSquare Zed.[25][26]
  • After the events of Zed: Issue 6, he is likely in prison again.

Quotes

Jhin OriginalCircle Original Jhin
Jhin HighNoonCircle High Noon Jhin

Skins

Jhin OriginalCircle Original Jhin
Jhin HighNoonCircle High Noon Jhin
Chromaskins Chromas: Emerald, Obsidian, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Tanzanite, Turquoise
Jhin BloodMoonCircle Blood Moon Jhin
  • The mask he is wearing references the ones used in Japanese Noh theater.
    • The eye holes on the mask each glow with a blue eye or a red eye.
      • However, Jhin's red eye turns blue when he takes off his mask in his laugh animation.
Jhin SKTT1Circle SKT T1 Jhin
Jhin PROJECTCircle PROJECT: Jhin
  • Vayne PROJECTCircle PROJECT: Vayne's motorbike can be seen in the background.
  • His bullet can be faintly seen behind her as well presuming they're both fighting each other.
  • His appearance may have been inspired by the protagonist from the game RUINER.
Jhin DarkCosmicCircle Dark Cosmic Jhin
  • Dark Stars are pure Corruptants, Dark Cosmics were Cosmic Entities which have been consumed by the Dark Star.[27]

Relations

  • Jhin has some resentment towards Shen OriginalSquare Shen, Zed OriginalSquare Zed and his father Kusho for imprisoning him.
    • Later, after faking his death with the help of Zed and becoming the leader of the Navori Brotherhood, Kusho unleashed Jhin to terrorize and get control Ionia Crest icon Ionia.
    • He later forced Zed OriginalSquare Zed and Shen OriginalSquare Shen to work together so he might kill them both for catching him years before.
      • He attacked Zed OriginalSquare Zed, Kayn OriginalSquare Kayn and their order, killing some of the members.
      • Akali OriginalSquare Akali tracked Jhin down to Piltover Crest icon Piltover-Zaun Crest icon Zaun and was captured by him, but was later saved with the help of Shen OriginalSquare Shen and Zed OriginalSquare Zed.
    • Jhin knows the truth about the circumstance of Kusho's "death" and could have revealed to Shen if he had wanted to but didn't as he realized Zed was going after Kusho.
  • Jhin has some interest in killing Sona OriginalSquare Sona for being a very famous Ionia Crest icon Ionian artist who is taking the spotlight away from his 'performances'.

References

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