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General

  • Nunu & Willump drop a Damnation soul each.
  • Absolute Zero Absolute Zero was named after the theoretical temperature at which matter stops moving completely (referencing both slows the ability has) and has the highest single ability power ratio in-game (250%).
  • Nunu was named after Steve 'Guinsoo' Feak's dog (also a nickname for his wife).
  • NunuSquare old2 Nunu the Yeti Rider was simply called Nunu, but skin icons showed WillumpSquare old Willump. NunuSquare Nunu the Boy and his Yeti now shows only Nunu in the icon.
  • Their dance is an updated version of their old animation in which WillumpSquare Willump dances and NunuSquare Nunu provides flute music.
NunuSquare old2 Nunu, the Yeti Rider

Development

  • During Alpha Test, Willump was simply called Yeti and Nunu was a girl named Yuralia, that had the ability to freeze her enemies into place with blasts of cold.
  • The duo's update lore, with WillumpSquare Willump as guardian of and NunuSquare Nunu as vessel for the magical memories of ancient mortal heroes, is possibly inspired by the Indo-European professional poets.[2]
  • One of the goals of Nunu & Willump’s rework was to give them the saddest death animation in the game.
  • Every sound Willump makes in-game has been translated into human words so that his voice actor would know exactly what inflections to put into the sounds.

Lore

Quotes

Nunu OriginalCircle old2 Nunu, the Yeti Rider
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    Nunu.taunt
    "Don't make the yeti angry. You won't like him when he's angry!" references the famous quote made by Hulk from Marvel Comics.
    • A side-by-side comparison can be seen here.
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    Nunu.joke
    "Speak softly... and ride a big yeti!" references Theodore Roosevelt ("Speak softly and carry a big stick.")


Nunu OriginalCircle Original Nunu & Willump
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    Nunu 220
    "I bet, if we stayed really still we become invisible!" references TeemoSquare Teemo's Guerrilla Warfare passive.
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    Nunu 206
    "PLAYTIME'S NEVER OVER!" might be a reference to 
    Ahri.attack1
    Ahri OriginalCircle "Playtime's over."
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    Nunu 162
    "ONE Elder DragonSquare DRAGON TO RULE THEM ALL!" references The Lord of the Rings. ("One ring to rule them all.")
Nunu NunuBotCircle Nunu & Willump Bot
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    Nunu 533
    W: "Oh, Hi TryndamereSquare Marc." is a pun line for Marc 'Tryndamere' Merrill that quotes The Room (film).
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    Nunu 410
    W: "Party in the front, Brambles in the back." references Joe Dirt. ("Business in the front, party in the back.")
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    Nunu 431
    W: "To damage, or not to damage; let me thi- thi- thi- thi- to damage." references Hamlet. ("To be or not to be, that is the question.")
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    Nunu 369
    W: "This monster makes me angry, it will not like me when I'm angry." references The Hulk.
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    Nunu 397
    W: "I have a need for speed." quotes Top Gun.
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    Nunu 481
    W: "Krug life!" is a play on Thug Life.
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    Nunu 513
    W: "I have learned the true value of friendship. 43." references The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
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    Nunu 380
    W: "Rock 'em and sock 'em!" references Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots.
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    Nunu 503
    W: "The fourth law in robotics... is punching." references Isaac Asimov's robot series.
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    Nunu 493
    W: "Oh the damages! The damages!" references Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. ("The horror! The horror!")
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    Nunu 534
    N: "Kawaii Desu!" as a response to the Star Guardian skin line alludes to the magical girl anime-genre, while referencing the phrase's (intentionally incorrect) use by anime fandom.
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    Nunu 376
    W: "I am become Death, Destroyer of Noobs." is a play on the quote by J. Robert Oppenheimer.
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    Nunu 351
    W: "Doggos intensifies." uses the internet slang term for cute dogs.
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    Nunu 528
    N: "Apply wrench directly to the forehead!" references HeadOn Commercials.
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    Nunu 383
    W: "Only you can prevent forest fires, by killing Red BramblebackSquare Red Buff." is a play on the quote by Smokey Bear.
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    Nunu 367
    W: "Chickety check yourself before you get wrecked yourself." is a play on a lyric from Check Yo Self.
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    Nunu 571
    W: "Rolling it down mid." references Tyler1's toxic behavior.
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    Nunu 399
    W: "Jungling is so easy." references Support is so easy.
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    Nunu 537
    "W: I need 6 more RP icon RP for Star Guardian Urgot." references the popular UrgotSquare Star Guardian Urgot meme.
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    Nunu 555
    W: "Can't Killean the Zillean." references Can't Killean the Zillean.
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    Nunu 572
    W: "Love me some Tryndamere." is a play on Marc 'Tryndamere' Merrill's 'Love me some Regi' comment.
    • He shares this quote with 
      CaitlynPulsefire.tauntTryndamere01
      Caitlyn PulsefireCircle Pulsefire Caitlyn.
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    Nunu 547
    W: "Another Ryze rework in 3... 2... 1." references RyzeSquare Ryze's many reworks.
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    Nunu 424
    N: "Did you see all the bugs beneath that guy's armour?" references MordekaiserSquare Mordekaiser's many in-game bugs.
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    Nunu 393
    W: "You have dangerous eye-eye-eye-eye- guns." references 
    MissFortune.move6
    Miss Fortune OriginalCircle "You've got dangerous eyes, I like that."
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    Nunu 378
    W: "Now I am the Super-bot." references 
    NunuBot.taunt1
    Nunu NunuBotCircle old "When I first met you, I was the bot. Now I am the Super-bot."
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    Nunu 489
    W: "Their tears are fully stacked." is a pun for stacking Tear of the Goddess item Tear of the Goddess.
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    Nunu 579
    W: "Now we have the Crest of Insight buff blue circle, which looks really sweet.",
     
    Nunu 382
    W: "Now we have the Crest of Cinders buff red circle, which looks sweet and helps us kill faster.",
     
    Nunu 377
    W: "Now watch as this intense boss battle unfolds.",
     
    Nunu 461
    W: "Brambleback is dangerous because he is red.",
     
    Nunu 416
    W: "Not so rude now, are you?",
     
    Nunu 413
    W: "Those guys were worthless. Get dunked.",
     
    Nunu 357
    N: "Watch out! He has sword boots!"', and
     
    Nunu 334
    W: "Master Yi. You kill fast and are honorable." all reference the 'pro as heck guide to master yi' video.
  • The binary numbers Willump spells out upon, and in order of death, translate to "noob".
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    Nunu 554
    W: "Rito Plsssss." might be a reference to Riot Pls which derives from a common meme used to complain to Riot Games Inc..
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    Nunu 514
    N: "Dragon down, Dream Drop Destruction!" is likely referencing Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.
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    Nunu 497
    W: "Super Robot Wars, begin." references the Super Robot Wars series.
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    Nunu 560
    W: "I am so awesome, I have Flash Flash on D and F." might be a reference to the Keybind Wars.
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    Nunu 429
    W: "I HAVE A BAD FEELING ABOUT THIS." quotes the running gag in Star Wars.
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    Nunu 440
    W: "Welcome to the Destroyed Monster club, appreciate it alot." is a play on a quote by Imaqtpie.

Skins

Nunu OriginalCircle Original Nunu & Willump
Nunu SasquatchCircle Sasquatch Nunu & Willump
Nunu WorkshopCircle Workshop Nunu & Willump
Nunu GrungyCircle Grungy Nunu & Willump
Nunu NunuBotCircle Nunu & Willump Bot
Nunu DemolisherCircle Demolisher Nunu & Willump
Nunu TPACircle TPA Nunu & Willump
Nunu ZombieCircle Zombie Nunu & Willump
Nunu PapercraftCircle Papercraft Nunu & Willump
  • This skin was inspired by Origami.
  • The paper prop in Nunu & Willump's recall is actually 4 different models swapping in/out. [4]
  • He shares this theme with:

Relations

NunuSquare old2 Nunu, the Yeti Rider
  • Nunu used to live in the Frostguard profileicon Frostguard Citadel, where he met WillumpSquare old Willump. The boy never knew his parents and the Yeti was held in captivity, mistreated by the tribe's beastmaster.
    • The pair eventually escaped the citadel and were taken in by the Avarosan profileicon Avarosan (led by AsheSquare Ashe, whom they are friends with together with AniviaSquare Anivia)
NunuSquare Nunu & Willump, the Boy and his Yeti
  • NunuSquare Nunu heard many Freljordian legends and tales from his mother Layka, such as those regarding AniviaSquare Anivia, BraumSquare Braum, LissandraSquare Lissandra, OrnnSquare Ornn, and VolibearSquare Volibear.
    • Anivia is a spiritual guide to the Notai tribe from which Nunu hails from.
    • Nunu always seen Braum as something to aspire towards. If he ever met Braum he would ask him to become his father.
    • NunuSquare Nunu was a refugee that was taken in by the Frostguard profileicon Frostguard after his tribe was attacked by raiders. He met LissandraSquare Lissandra which told him about a beast. Nunu would later befriend this beast and call him WillumpSquare Willump.
  • It is unknown if Nunu and Willump support AsheSquare Ashe, but their deeds around the Freljord lead towards the same Avarosan profileicon Avarosan goals of peace and unification.
  • WillumpSquare Willump to some extent crossed paths with GnarSquare Gnar during the time of the Three Sisters. It is unknown if he still remembers this encounter.

References

  1. Cristina Milizia
  2. West, M.L. Indo-European poetry and myth, p. 30
  3. Nunu’s mother and Ornn
  4. https://twitter.com/RiotOhmu/status/1099016354093400064 Riot Ohmu Twitter