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General

  • Lee Sin has the highest Experience icon.png level 1 Attack damage icon.png base attack damage (69.18).
  • Lee Sin was one of the first six champions designed (the others being Annie Annie, Singed Singed, Sion Sion, Sivir Sivir, and Twisted Fate Twisted Fate)[1][2]
    • Lee Sin is the only allegedly canceled champion reintroduced with his original name.
    • Lee Sin is the first champion to be redesigned and to be technically given a relaunch skin (Traditional Lee Sin Traditional Lee Sin), although it was done prior to his actual release.
    • Lee Sin is the first champion to feature two 'Champion Spotlights' (an April Fools' Day one and a real one).
  • Lee Sin is the second of eight champions to have more than four abilities (the others being Elise Elise, Gnar Gnar, Heimerdinger Heimerdinger, Jayce Jayce, Karma Karma, Nidalee Nidalee, and Rek'Sai Rek'Sai).
  • Lee Sin is the first monk type champion announced but the second to be released (after Udyr Udyr).
  • Lee Sin is the first non-ninja Ionian champion to use Energy resource.png energy.
  • Lee Sin's dance references Shaolin Soccer.
    • A side-by-side comparison can be seen here.
  • An inside joke is that Lee Sin was taught Dragon's Rage Dragon's Rage by Jesse Perring (yet the Blind Monk does not kick players off the map).

Development

  • Lee Sin is voiced by Feodor Chin in both League of Legends icon.png League of Legends and Legends of Runeterra icon.png Legends of Runeterra. God Fist Lee Sin God Fist Lee Sin and Storm Dragon Lee Sin Storm Dragon Lee Sin are voiced by the same actor.
  • Lee Sin is inspired by Thailand martial artist.[3]
  • In the Chinese version, his name is written as 李青 (Mandarin: Lǐ Qīng).
    • 李 is a common Chinese surname meaning "plum" < Old Chinese rəʔ[4]
      • possibly from a North-East Asian substrate.[5]
      • also borrowed into Korean (Northern eumhun: Ri 리, Southern: I 이) & Vietnamese (Lí ~ Lý).
    • 青 means "green", the color of living trees' leaves, from OC *k-seŋ < ST *k-siŋ < *siŋ "green, alive" (cf. "to live" *sriŋ > 生 *sreŋ > shēng).[6]
  • The official Riot's pronunciation /li: sɪn/ sounds similar to listen /ˈlɪsən/, yet not exactly homophonic.
  • During development he was simply called BlindMonk, Marty Punchman,[7] and later Xizun,[8] and he wore a straw hat and a staff in a wildly different design.
    • Xizun appears to be a near-homophone for 'season'.

Quotes

Original Lee Sin Original Lee Sin
  • Lee Sin and Soraka Soraka share the quote "Where am I needed?".
  • "Master yourself, master the enemy" might be referencing The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
God Fist Lee Sin God Fist Lee Sin

"The key to immortality? Being better than everyone else" is likely a jab at Master Yi's Master Yi's quote "The key to immortality? Not dying".

Storm Dragon Lee Sin Storm Dragon Lee Sin

Skins

Original Lee Sin Original Lee Sin
Traditional Lee Sin Traditional Lee Sin
  • This was his first incarnation from when he was first canceled.
    • His first appearance in the form can be seen in the Official League of Legends game trailer from 2009.
Dragon Fist Lee Sin Dragon Fist Lee Sin
Chromaskins.png Chromas: Black, Blue, Emerald, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Yellow
Muay Thai Lee Sin Muay Thai Lee Sin
Pool Party Lee Sin Pool Party Lee Sin
  • In his splash art, Nidalee Nidalee in her Pool Party attire and a ward necklace can be seen in the foreground next to Lee Sin, while Orianna Orianna in her Pool Party attire can be seen in the background.
SKT T1 Lee Sin SKT T1 Lee Sin
Knockout Lee Sin Knockout Lee Sin
God Fist Lee Sin God Fist Lee Sin
  • This skin was inspired by Marvel's Iron Fist.
    • His appearance resembles Daniel Rand from the TV Show Iron Fist, which was released on Netflix just days before this skin's initial release on the PBE.
  • This is his first skin where he isn't blind.
  • His appearance resembles Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  • This skin may also have been inspired by the video-game Asura's Wrath, with Lee Sin's appearance closely resembling the game's protagonist, Asura.
  • His dance is a reference to Kurt Sloane's dance in the 1989 film Kickboxer.
    • A side-by-side comparison can be seen here.
  • Rejected names for this skin include 'Heaven's Fist Lee Sin', 'Undefeated Lee Sin', 'Invincible Lee Sin' and 'Sacred Order Lee Sin'.[10]
Playmaker Lee Sin Playmaker Lee Sin
Chromaskins.png Chromas: Aquamarine, Citrine, Emerald, Obsidian, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Sapphire, Tanzanite


Nightbringer Lee Sin Nightbringer Lee Sin
Nightbringer Lee Sin Prestige Edition Nightbringer Lee Sin Prestige Edition
FPX Lee Sin FPX Lee Sin
Chromaskins.png Chromas: Elite
Storm Dragon Lee Sin Storm Dragon Lee Sin
Chromaskins.png Chromas: Emberclaw, Jadeclaw, Obsidian, Pearl, Ruby, Sapphire, Tanzanite

Relations

  • Lee Sin is a friend of Udyr Udyr who he met in the Freljord. With his help Lee Sin was able to repel Noxian invaders from his homeland, while Udyr was able to find peace and calmness with the help of the monks.
  • While Lee Sin has relations with all of the 02IO007-full.png Shojin Order Dragon disciples, he has some deeper relations with LoR Non-Champion Non-Spell Indicator.png2 Ying Yue.
  • Lee Sin has fought members of the Shadow Order, presumably because they defy the sacred balance of Ionia Crest icon.png Ionia.


References

References

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