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General

  • The Piltovan killer from 'Chronobreak' was inspired by a 1931 German movie called M.[1]
  • Ekko and ZileanSquare Zilean might have a shared skin theme in the future.[2]
  • Ekko doesn't really 'die' but rather uses his Z-Drive Resonance Zero-Drive to rewind back to base.
    • He is the second champion to escape death, the first being ZedSquare Zed.

Development

  • Ekko's concept boils down to 'Time Assassin with Rewind'.[3]
    • His production names were 'Time Slugger' and 'Time Assassin'.
      • His concept and assets took eight months from start to finish.[4]
        • Actual production started after KalistaSquare Kalista's release.[5]
  • Examples of Chronobreak Chronobreak iterations.
    • Ekko globally saves everyone's state (mana, health, cooldowns, position, etc.) After 8 seconds anyone who is not dead is returned to the saved state (can't rewind death)
    • Ekko returns himself and a targeted enemy champion to wherever they were 4 seconds ago.[6]
  • Ekko's release was leaked both by datamining and by way of the 4chan imageboard.
  • Ekko is a homophonic pun on Latinate English echo /ˈɛkoʊ/, from Ancient Greek ἠχώ /ɛː.kʰɔ̌ː/ "sound" (var. ἠχή /ɛː.kʰɛ̌ː/ & ἦχος /ɛ̂ː.kʰos/):
    • While Ekko himself does not have a sound theme nor does he take after the Nymph from Greek mythology, the idea is that his past selves from his constant rewinding of time to achieve the results he desires serve as an echo of split timelines he left behind (as evidenced by his holographic projections in Parallel Convergence Parallel Convergence and Chronobreak Chronobreak)
      • Besides the proverbial-and-literal 'Ekkos of the past' his name having a double K references the Rewind symbol (<<)
  • His title references The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.[7]

Lore

Ekko XII numeral

XII on Ekko's 'bat'

  • Ekko is a 16-17-year-old teenager, younger than JinxSquare Jinx and ViSquare Vi.[8]
    • Like JinxSquare Jinx and ViSquare Vi 'Ekko' is not his actual name but rather what his friends call him.[9]
  • Ekko is basically a gifted, unrefined genius. He managed to create the Z-Drive Resonance Zero-Drive and the Timewinder Timewinder simply through trial and error, and as a result split the timeline to fuel his perfectionist side (from finding an enemy's weak spots to rewind time over and over to save his friend Ajuna in 'Chronobreak') [10]
    • This rewinding and his intellect allowed him to take down a Vigilnaut (the techmaturgically augmented goon he fought in 'Seconds') [11]
      • Each rewinding makes him a bit older than he's supposed to be (for comparison, if Ekko rewinded 200 times in 30 seconds he'd age 1 hour and 40 minutes) [12]
  • Ekko's facepaint and Z-Drive Resonance Zero-Drive are both shaped after an Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item hourglass, an expression of his personality as well as the symbol he adopted for himself.
    • He displays the same Zaunite street fashion JinxSquare Jinx and ViSquare Vi do (with Ekko's neckpiece being identical to the hextech bolts on her gauntlets)
  • Ekko's 'bat' is a clock hand he stole from a Piltie clocktower (as evidenced by the Roman 'XII' at its base) [13]
    • It glows in the dark (as evidence in Phase Dive Phase Dive)
      • While not clearly stated to be either the Hour or Second hand its size seems to imply it's the former.
  • Ekko believes in and cares for Zaun and its future despite not fully understanding the bigger picture.
  • As evidenced by his joke the Z-Drive Resonance Zero-Drive sometimes functions unexpectedly.
    • It being the product of makeshift hextech powered by a shattered crystal of undocumented properties might have something to do with it.
      • And that also implies the current Z-Drive Resonance Zero-Drive isn't the first of many broken before.
  • The Timewinder Timewinder is powered by the Z-Drive Resonance Zero-Drive.
    • Ekko had at first another function for it in mind (likely a smoke/flash grenade) but several successive malfunctions prompted its current incarnation.

Quotes

Skins

EkkoSquare Classic Ekko [S|L]
EkkoSquare Sandstorm Ekko [S|L]
EkkoSquare Academy Ekko [S|L]
EkkoSquare PROJECT: Ekko [S|L]
EkkoSquare SKT T1 Ekko [S|L]

Relations

  • Ekko's parents work overtime in one of Zaun's many factories, so they're rarely home.[15]
  • The memorial wall Ekko often visits has paintings of girls with blue (JinxSquare Jinx) and pink (ViSquare Vi) hair.
    • They were all part of the same gang before they went their separate ways.
      • Ekko had a crush on JinxSquare Jinx before she started talking to Switcheroo! Fishbones and Pow-Pow Pow-Pow.
        • He currently has a crush on JannaSquare Janna.
      • He believes in ViSquare Vi and wishes for her return to Zaun but is unaware of her amnesia.
  • Ekko dislikes Pilties like JayceSquare Jayce, EzrealSquare Ezreal, and CaitlynSquare Caitlyn, as he seems them as arrogant and self-important.
    • He is convinced Piltover is not the only progressive city in Valoran and is proud to be Zaunite.
      • Seeing his former friends leave for the City of Progress gave him a bit of a chip on his shoulder.
        • Not to mention his 12-year-old friend Ajuna was killed by a Piltie.[16]
      • He has no grudge against ZileanSquare Zilean even though he resides in Piltover.
        • The Chronokeeper (and especially BardSquare Bard) might be concerned by Ekko splitting the timeline.[17]
      • He finds EzrealSquare Ezreal a poser.[18]
    • To him JayceSquare Jayce and ViktorSquare Viktor are the opposite extremes of the same decadent spectrum, and hopes he doesn't turn out like either of them.[19]
  • Ekko also dislikes Zaunites like ViktorSquare Viktor, SingedSquare Singed, and Dr. MundoSquare Dr. Mundo, as they embody everything that is wrong with the city.
    • The pity he feels for UrgotSquare Urgot goes so far as to imply he'd give him his Z-Drive Resonance Zero-Drive just so that he would be spared the augmented resurrection.
    • He had a pet rat named Mr. Tails. TwitchSquare Twitch reminds him of it.
    • Ekko likes ZacSquare Zac and what he does for Zaun to the point he would literally poke at him to see the kind of stuff he is literally made of.[20]
  • Ekko has never met a Yordle and has only heard tales of them.[21]
    • If he were to meet RumbleSquare Rumble he would respect him for his ingenuity in building a mechanized suit out of junk.[22]
    • He would also respect HeimerdingerSquare Heimerdinger as an inventor despite him residing in and working for Piltover.[23]


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