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General

  • In Ancient Greek, Zoe Ζωή (IPA: [zdɔː.ɛ̌ː] > [zo'i]) means "life", as opposed to "death";[1] while its cognate βῐ́ο(το)ς bio(to)s means "lifetime" or "the living's world".[2]
    • Both come from PIE root *gʷeyh₃- "to live".[3]
  • Upon jumping out of Portal Jump Portal Jump's second portal, Zoe licks the ice cream cone, which she attempts to eat during her joke animation (Ctrl+1).
  • Zoe has multiple walk cycles that change randomly over the course of the game, but players can also toggle the next one using the Toggle key bind (default [Ctrl] + [5]).
  • Her title, as found on the store, "Zoe, The Aspect of Twilight" is one of the few occurrences, along with Kayn OriginalSquare Kayn, Taliyah OriginalSquare Taliyah, Aurelion Sol OriginalSquare Aurelion Sol, Illaoi OriginalSquare Illaoi, Elise OriginalSquare Elise, Sion OriginalSquare Sion, of having the word "the" capitalized, compared to all other champions' titles.
  • Zoe has a cameo in the action role-playing game, CrossCode.[4]

Development

  • Zoe is voiced by Erica Lindbeck, who also voices Taliyah OriginalSquare Taliyah and Morgana OriginalSquare Morgana.
  • During development, she was called Mirror Mage.[5] Some of her early concepts incorporated mirrors.
  • Zoe's in-game teaser would spawn Sleepy Trouble Bubble Sleepy Trouble Bubble in both Summoner's Rift icon Summoner's Rift bases at the beginning of the game.
  •  Usually, Twilight denotes dusk & connotes old age, as well as the approaching end (cf. Ragnarøkkr "the gods' twilight"); yet Zoe embodies "mischief, change, and imagination".
  • Zoe's physical features are disproportionately designed much like Annie OriginalCircle Annie to show her detailed expressions and to have her character read more easily as a child.[6]

Lore

  • As mentioned in her lore, Zoe OriginalSquare Zoe is at the very least older than 1000 years; after her ascension she has was in the cosmic realm for a millennia before returning to Runeterra.
    • Zoe is physically and mentally around 13-17 years old, based on voicelines and lore behavior.
  • She likes eating Chocolate Mooncakes.
    • She also likes butterflies, unicorns, and watching the end of finite realities.
  • Her scarf is knitted from the wool of an Erbok.
  • Zoe is the second-released champion from the Moonsilver Blade Lunari order.
  • The Aspect of Twilight serves as a celestial messenger and the herald of changes. While the celestials rarely intervene with the mortal realms, the Aspect of Twilight is a great exception.
    • The Aspect of Twilight chose Zoe when looking for its next vessel because she was so naturally going to be and act like it needed to. It knew/felt/saw on some level that it needed to change, because the world was changing and what it represented was changing.
  • Zoe perceives time across multiple dimensions and realities in addition to the ability to quickly traverse space, she can move freely with her unnaturally long hair due to magic.
  • As both a trickster and a herald, many of Zoe's lines have double meanings (including the word "sparkles") and can be broadly interpreted.[7]
  • The Ionia Crest icon Ionians use of twilight is separate to the meaning given to it by Mount Targon Crest icon Targonians. Ionia considers twilight as a time of when dark and light are in balance while Targonians view it as a time of transition or change.
Myisha, the Aspect of Twilight during the Darkin war[8]
  • Myisha was the host of the Aspect during the Great Darkin war; based on the description from Twilight of the Gods, she was possibly a young adult when she became its host.
  • She was somewhat violating the Prime Directive, giving mortals the power to defeat the Darkin with 'plausible deniability...' of a sort. "Hey, I didn't do it, these mortals did…"
  • At the end of Twilight of the Gods, when Myisha has succeeded in tricking the Darkin and erasing many of them, the Boomerang Blade Chalicar had absorbed the - for want of a better phrase - Darkin DNA essence, which - combined with Ta'anari's heart - would allow humans to craft the weapons tailored to trap the Darkin at a later date.
    • Myisha turned the combined power of the Darkin (and aspects) against them, so she 'force multiplied' that moment in the amphitheater to be powerful enough to achieve what she wanted.

Skins

Zoe OriginalCircle Original Zoe
Zoe CyberPopCircle Cyber Pop Zoe
  • Due to fan requests during the PBE cycle,[13] this skin also displays Heterochromia iridum. Her right eye is blue, and her left is green.
  • Spell Thief Spell Thief's bubbles can have a variety of emoticons in them: "(°☒°)", "(^-^)", "( ° ʖ °)", "^_^", "u_u", "=P", ":)", ";)".
  • The balloons, which Spell Thief Spell Thief causes to float above some minions, contain an icon based on the blank sheet of paper that files which have no designated icon are displayed with by operating systems such as Microsoft Windows. The icon in the balloons has a star on it.
  • Portal Jump Portal Jump's portals might be inspired by Portal.
  • When the Sleepy Trouble Bubble Sleepy Trouble Bubble trap is placed, it reads ".EXE", which is an executable program extension on Microsoft Windows. When the bubble is primed on an enemy, an image similar to the Blue Screen of Death shows up.
  • Upon death, a screencap appears above Zoe's body. It shows the centre of Summoner's Rift (or middle lane) shaded gray, the death recap, and the HUD of Cyber Pop Zoe that lacks team frames and items. This screencap says that she died by Paddle Star Paddle Star.
  • The background of her splash art was inspired by Splatoon and Blade Runner 2049.
    • Her appearance was inspired by the classic Splatoon girl.
    • Poppy LollipoppyCircle Lollipoppy's lollipops are also in the bag she's carrying.
  • One of her idle dances is based on the song Dare by Gorillaz.
Zoe PoolPartyCircle Pool Party Zoe
Chromaskins Chromas: Amethyst, Emerald, Rainbow, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire
Zoe StarGuardianCircle Star Guardian Zoe
Chromaskins Chromas: Amethyst, Aquamarine, Citrine, Emerald, Jasper, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Ruby
  • Rakan StarGuardianCircle Star Guardian Rakan and Xayah StarGuardianCircle Star Guardian Xayah can be seen in the background of her splash art.
  • Ran profileicon Ran, Zoe's familiar spirit, acts as her Sleepy Trouble Bubble Sleepy Trouble Bubble and her second cast of Paddle Star Paddle Star. Ran also acts as Zoe's yo-yo in one of her walking animations.
    • Ran is inspired by Tokyo Mew Mew's infusers, jellyfish-like aliens that turn living creatures into monsters. Ran serves a similar purpose, acting as Zoe's corrupting bubble.
  • Her fully corrupted form can be seen when she is in Portal Jump Portal Jump or is recalling.
  • This skin continues the trend of Zoe related appearances having Heterochromia iridum. Her right eye is purple, and her left is blue.
    • It also carries forward the jellyfish motif introduced by Cyber Pop Zoe.
Zoe ArcanistCircle Arcanist Zoe
Zoe PrestigeArcanistCircle Arcanist Zoe Prestige Edition

Relations

  • Being the celestial messenger of Mount Targon Crest icon Mount Targon, she knows of all of their Aspects, their hosts, and servants.
    • Aurelion Sol OriginalSquare Aurelion Sol and Zoe are sorta friends—but he knows not to trust her. And in fact she is his best hope of getting free—after he learns what he needs.[14]
      • She is as powerful as Aurelion Sol OriginalSquare Aurelion Sol.[15]
      • She protected him from the wrath of Pantheon OriginalSquare Pantheon, the Aspect of War and speaks to him as if he were her dog.
    • She "borrowed" a chime from Bard OriginalSquare Bard, or it was given to her. Zoe heralds change while Bard prevents disasters, so they probably meet from time to time.
  • Zoe OriginalSquare Zoe really likes Ezreal OriginalSquare Ezreal, and as such she considers Lux OriginalSquare Lux her rival.
  • She took the key from Fiddlesticks OriginalSquare Fiddlesticks, which was used to unleash something "beautiful and terrible in its joy".[16]
  • The previous Aspect of Twilight, Myisha, led the Darkin Ta'anari to Nasus OriginalSquare Nasus, who guided them to the Chalicar, the blade that belonged to the Ascended queen Setaka and belongs to Sivir OriginalSquare Sivir in the present day. Ta'anari used the weapon to perform a ritual that reverted the Ascension of the nearby Darkins, vaporizing them. She and other Targonian Aspects later gave the mortals the tool to trap the remaining Darkins.
    • As a result, the Darkins, who are now roaming free again, especially Aatrox OriginalSquare Aatrox, despise every Aspect and their host, most noticeably The Aspect of Twilight/Zoe.

References

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