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  • Tryndamere's sword was passed down from his father, whom in turn received it from his father before him, and so on. Tryndamere said his father's words of wisdom were "master using it and you can have this" - a quote from the original Legend of Zelda game for the Nintendo Entertainment System, released in 1987.
  • Tryndamere draws many parallels with Conan the Barbarian.
    • His previous story appears to have been based on the opening sequence of the eponymous 1982 movie, in which Conan's entire village is slaughtered and he swears revenge upon those responsible.
    • In the original stories Conan is said to hail from a nomadic people residing in Cimmeria, a northern region in his world, whereas Tryndamere comes from Northern Freljord.
    • Conan is said to have "become a king by his own hand" in the 1982 movie. Tryndamere became "The Barbarian King" by uniting all the peoples of his homeland under his leadership, all thanks to his friendships with most of the Barbarian leaders.
  • Historical inspiration might be Mongol military leader Temüjin. Temüjin's father was assassinated by the rival Tatars & his clan abandoned by erstwhile allies. Temüjin endured childhood hardship, enslavement, and early military defeats; yet against all odds, he later subdued and united various warring Mongolic tribes, ultimately founding the Mongol Empire as Genghis Khan.


  • Tryndamere is voiced by Brian Sommer.
  • Tryndamere was designed by Steve 'Guinsoo' Feak.
  • Tryndamere was named after Riot Games Inc. CEO Marc 'Tryndamere' Merrill's EverQuest character. "Tryndamere" is also Merrill's forum and summoner name.
    • The in-game announcer heard that Tryndamere "was made directly from a picture of Marc Merrill wearing a kilt, and nothing else..."
  • During development he was simply called DarkChampion, which then turned into his title "The Dark Champion" but he has been called "The Barbarian King" ever since the second official trailer.


  • TryndamereSquare Tryndamere's quote "I am your worst nightmare!" is a popular trope in films, videogames, literature, music, and television.
    • It may also be a Riot inside joke (i.e. Marc Merrill is his employees' worst nightmare).


Tryndamere OriginalCircle Original Tryndamere
  • The Fortress of the Iceborn can be seen in the background.
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  • This skin represents the potential aftermath of the Freljord Civil War in which the Avarosan profileicon Avarosan win and unite the tribes, with Tryndamere becoming the king and AsheSquare Ashe the queen.
    • This also represents his appearance in his old lore.
  • He shares this theme with:
Tryndamere HighlandCircle Highland Tryndamere
  • This skin is a reference to the Highlander franchise.
  • "Highland" is also an old term referring to people from the Scottish Highlands. So, the skin may rather be a reference to the old Scottish warrior garb than to the previously mentioned franchise.
  • Attendees of the Season One Championship at Dreamhack qualified for a code to unlock TryndamereSquare Viking Tryndamere. This skin later became available on 24 June 2011 for 975 RP icon Riot Points.
Tryndamere DemonbladeCircle Demonblade Tryndamere
  • This skin is an allusion to AatroxSquare Aatrox's quote "Tryndamere, my greatest creation" while also being evocative of the Darkin himself.
  • His trailer can be seen here
  • This skin is possibly a reference to Nightmare from the Soul Calibur series.
  • This skin also resembles Haru Glory from the Rave Master series. One of Haru's swords claims the wielder's soul in exchange for greatly increased strength. During the process, the sword will fuse to the wielder's arm.
  • Tryndamere was the first champion to have a non-comical Legendary skin voice-over.
Tryndamere SultanCircle Sultan Tryndamere
  • He was released in celebration of the Turkish Server's launch.
  • His clothing and the scene depicted in the splash art make him resemble an Ottoman sultan, specifically Mehmed the Conqueror.
  • His splash art evokes the Fall of Constantinople.
  • The Turkish client has a unique voiceover by actor Cihan Ünal.
  • He shares this theme with:
Tryndamere WarringKingdomsCircle Warring Kingdoms Tryndamere
Tryndamere NightmareCircle Nightmare Tryndamere
  • The skin was initially thought to be that of a Dreadknight Tryndamere, but then turned into Nightmare.
  • This skin is a reference to Pyramid Head from the Silent Hill franchise.
  • He shares this theme with:
Tryndamere BeastHunterCircle Beast Hunter Tryndamere


  • AsheSquare Ashe and TryndamereSquare Tryndamere's are Bloodsworn, a political marriage, but the two eventually developed genuine affection for one another. Tryndamere originally married Ashe in exchange for the protection of his remaining tribe after Aatrox's massacre.
  • Tryndamere's nemesis is AatroxSquare Aatrox, who is the main reason why most of Tryndamere's tribe got destroyed.
  • He is hostile towards the Winter's Claw, who disdainfully lumped him into the Avarosa's "decadent lifestyle" even though Tryndamere actually originated from another hardy nomadic tribe, much like SejuaniSquare Sejuani.