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Hailing from a long lost tribe of vastaya, Neeko Neeko can blend into any crowd by borrowing the appearances of others, even absorbing something of their emotional state to tell friend from foe in an instant. No one is ever sure where—or who—Neeko might be, but those who intend to do her harm will soon witness her true colors revealed, and feel the full power of her primordial spirit magic unleashed upon them.

NeekoSquare.png"The Oovi-Kat are gone. Neeko must build her own tribe, now."  Neeko
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Background

Early Life

Neeko was born in an unknown location home to the Oovi-Kat vastayan tribe. After an undisclosed catastrophe, she escaped her home and went to drift in the sea until she stumble upon a ship.

It was a mercantile vessel destined for Harelport. Neeko rested where she could, calling out into the spirit realm for her lost tribe. She felt only scattered, sad echoes in response, and images of towering, dead trees that lay somewhere over a fragile horizon.

When she arrived at the city, she became curious with diversity of people and culture it contained. Before she could get far, she was spotted by a vastayan sailor named Krete. He demanded to know what tribe she was from, but she ran away shapeshifting into the crowd.

At some point, she would venture into the wildlands of the Ixtal jungle and met Nidalee Nidalee. After a tense standoff, their relationship blossomed and for many months they wandered in the wilds together. Neeko offered her to form a new tribe after having dreams of her ancestors, but she turned the offer down.

She split off with Nidalee and sought to reform the Oovi-Kat with whoever share the same worldview and spirit with her.

Kalduga

Neeko found herself at a Noxian Outpost at Kalduga. She sneaked out during the night the took the form of one of the soldiers call Ewaii and a Noxian commander Yubbers yelled commands at her thinking she was Ewaii.

Neeko continued to shapeshift as the various outpost soldiers until she caused massive mayhem among the denizens and made them kill each other or run away, leaving the outpost abandoned.

Appearance

Neeko female vastaya that has a teen-like appearance and some characteristics of a chameleon, like scales and reptile eyes. She has very colorful hair with glands sprouting out of her head which she uses to capture others' Sho'ma. She wears tribal clothes and walks barefoot.

Personality

Neeko has a very jovial and fun-going personality. She is somewhat innocent and unaware the dangers that surround her. She do not comprehend most of human society and relationships, and some of the words, so she usually creates chaotic scenarios thanks to her naivety.

Abilities

  • Vastayan Physiology: Neeko is a Vastaya, an ancient race of demi-humans changed by the magic of the Spirit World. The connection to the Spirit World increased their longevity so they can live for centuries, and granted them powerful magic. The Vastaya are divided into several different tribes, each one defined by a specific animal. Neeko is a Oovi-Kat, a type of reptilian Vastaya.
    • Spiritual Shapeshifting: By connecting herself with the Sho'ma (the shape of one's soul), Neeko can temporarily take their shape and gain an imitation of their abilities.
    • Memory Reading: Neeko can read one's soul and see the most recent memories, as well as personal likes and feelings.
  • Spirit Magic: Neeko's tribe has a powerful connection to the Spirit Realm. She is capable of conjuring spirit energy blasts and creating spirit vines to entrap others.

Relations

Nidalee Nidalee

Neeko has spent some time with Nidalee and her pack. Though Nidalee wouldn't aid her in her further quests, they parted on relatively positive terms. FauxSchizzle also confirmed that she did love Nidalee, but it was unrequited.[1]

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Neeko Neeko mimicked Ezreal in the jungle during his search for The Elixir of Uloa.

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Biography

The Curious Chameleon

By Matthew Dunn

Starring Champion

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The Monster of Kalduga Outpost

By Matthew Dunn

Neeko was familiar with the shapes of humans, and while they had their quirks—socks for instance… why?—they never struck her as particularly strange. Not until the outpost at Kalduga.

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The Bestial Huntress

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Light and Shadow

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The Day Before Snowdown

Gather ‘round and hear the story of how Winter Wonder Neeko, Snow Man Yi, Winter Wonder Soraka, and Ice King Mundo saved Snowdown from Ice King Twitch in the Snowdown 2018 event in League of Legends.

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A New Horizon

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Starfall

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The Twilight Star

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I have too many questions I want to ask her.

Trivia

  • Neeko is a few hundred years old, but her maturity is at the level of someone in their late teens or early twenties.[2]
    • She may be about 180 years old.[3]
  • Neeko is NOT a Vastayashai'rei.
    • Neeko is not a pure Vastayashai’rei, but she is closer to it than most of the other vastaya. The Oovi-Kat tribe splintered off from the vastaya tribes very early and have largely lived in isolation, so their magic is more pure and ancient than other vastaya. There is very, very little human blood in Neeko’s lineage.[4]
    • It is revealed that Neeko being a Vastayashai'rei was a mistake in the script.[5]
  • The Oovi-Kat looked at the shedding tails as milestones in maturity, like birthdays. This does not occur annually, but is linked to growth in the spiritual realm.[6] Neeko is currently on her fourth tail.
  • The flowers on her head are actually beautiful glands, like the pineal gland, which allow Neeko to sense and interact with people's Sho'Ma.[7]
  • Her favorite food is cheese bread.[8]
    • This is a reference to pão de queijo, Brazilian cheese bread, because her voice actress is Brazilian.
  • Neeko Neeko is better, faster at shapeshifting than other Vastaya types thanks to her more powerful connection to magic and being attracted to an animal spirit that is good at changing. Neeko could change her appearance dramatically in 2 seconds and hold it for several days.[9][10] Neeko's size when shape shifting is only limited by the immensity of her shoma. She could become an exact replica of Galio Galio but wouldn't be able to hold it for long.[11]
  • Neeko has lines showing romantic interest in female champions and was confirmed by her writer, Matt "FauxSchizzle" Dunn, to be the first known lesbian champion.[12]

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