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General

  • Jhin was partially inspired by Simo Häyhä.
  • Jhin is the first champion to feature a takedown animation on his Classic skin.
    • Despite being the only one seen in-game, the rose is just one of the many things he sees when killing someone.[1]
  • The violin for Jhin's theme (followed by a chorus) can be heard while the player is channeling Curtain Call.png Curtain Call.
    • The people in Spectator Mode can also hear it, though allies and enemies cannot.
  • Occasionally when playing as Jhin, at the start of the game (between your team spawning at the fountain and then minions doing so at nexus) you can hear a version of the map's theme that fits the style of Jhin's own.
    • He will always hum and laugh to it.
      • It reverts to the regular music at about 45 seconds.

Development

  • Jhin was the first champion released in 2016 as well as being the product of the need for a brand new Marksman.
    • His first designer was Jordan 'Wrekz' Anton but his initial concepts ended up becoming the stepping stones for Kindred Kindred.
      • Jhin was in production for seven months (the usual timeframe is one year)
  • The words Jhin and Deadeyed were first datamined from the game's website.
    • The Virtuoso's name (albeit misspelled) was even spoken by a Rioter before his reveal.[2][3]
  • His production name and title were 'Jin, the Artisan Killer'.
    • The H was added after being deemed prone to confusion with Jinx Jinx, another of August 'groovylord' Browning's champions.[4]
      • Jhin derives from Jinn (Arabic: 'demon', 'something inhuman')
        • Similar Arabic words include Majnūn ('possessed', 'insane') and Jannah ('garden')
          • All of them reference Jhin being mentally unstable and seeing foliage when people die by his hand.
  • At one point Whisper.png Whisper's fourth shot was able to one-shot a Zed Zed at full health.
  • Dancing Grenade.png Dancing Grenade used to be able to be recast from an enemy's location but the burden of knowledge was deemed too high.
  • Deadly Flourish.png Deadly Flourish used to reveal marked champions for a few seconds even through fog of war.
    • Its tooltip implies Jhin uses Whisper.png Whisper's barrel as a walking cane, which he actually does when not 'performing'.
      • At one point it was basically a 2500-range Javelin Toss.png Javelin Toss.
  • Due to miscommunication during production Jhin differs between artwork and in-game.
    • His eyes are reddish-brown even though they are blue.
    • He has seemingly-prosthetic robotic limbs, even though he merely wears golden armor on top to handle Whisper.png Whisper's recoil Curtain Call.png when fully assembled.

Lore

  • Jhin shows traits consistent with obsessive-compulsive disorder focused on the number four.
    • His login theme is built around 4-note motifs / written with a 4/4 time signature (each bar is separated into 4 distinct beats)
    • His name and title themselves have four letters and four syllables respectively.
    • 'IIII' is uncommon alternative writing for the Roman four ('IV')
      • The tally marks engraved on Whisper.png Whisper might be referencing it.
    • When he 'performs' in any given nation he makes four people 'beautiful and perfect'.
    • In Asian languages 四 ('four') is associated with and sounds like 死 ('death')
      • Chinese: si
      • Japanese: shi
    • He is four years older than Zed Zed.[5]
    • Whisper.png Whisper can hold up to four bullets/fire up to four times before Jhin having to reload, with the fourth shot being the deadliest.
    • Dancing Grenade.png Dancing Grenade can bounce up to four times.
    • Deadly Flourish.png Deadly Flourish marks a target for four seconds.
    • Captive Audience.png Captive Audience reveals units for four seconds.
    • Curtain Call.png Curtain Call can fire up to four shots, with the fourth being the deadliest.
    • During his joke Jhin drops Whisper.png Whisper and it fires all four bullets.
  • 'Mind of the Virtuoso' depicts how 'artistic' Jhin sees his 'performances'.
  • Before the Kashuri armories granted him Whisper.png Whisper Jhin used to 'perform' with blades powered by chi techniques passed down from his father.
    • Although he did not craft Whisper.png Whisper himself, he did influence its design and he does craft his own magic-infused bullets.[6]
      • The device Jhin carries on his shoulder is a Hextech-powered mass accelerator that in turns powers and loads Whisper.png Whisper when it's Curtain Call.png fully assembled.[7][8]
        • Jhin appears to be ambidextrous (he fires regular Whisper.png Whisper with his left hand but when Curtain Call.png fully assembled he fires with his right one.
  • Underneath the mask Jhin has a fully functional face.
    • And without his usual outfit he doesn't stand out in a crowd.
      • His favorite food is dumplings.[9]

Quotes

JhinSquare.png Classic Jhin [S|L]
  • "I live for the applause, you will die for it" references Applause by Lady Gaga.
  • "It is by my will alone I set my mind in motion" references the Dune movie.
  • "Tahm Kench You have too many lines" references the River King having the most quotes in the game.
    • Ironically, Jhin has 241 lines (not counting vocal grunts) while Tahm Kench Tahm Kench has about 224.
  • "I love to perform, but I hate crowds" references Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png spellshields being able to block crowd control effects.
  • "Rapid Firecannon item.png Rapid fire? Where's the drama in that?" references his need for flair when using Whisper.png Whisper.
  • "Happiness... is a warm gun" references the eponymous song by The Beatles.
  • In the Italian localization his selection quote ("Cadranno come, d'Autunno, dagli alberi, le foglie", 'They'll fall like Autumn's leaves from the trees') references Soldati ('Soldiers') by Giuseppe Ungaretti.
  • "Sing for me!" references The Phantom of the Opera's song by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
  • "They're puppets. I pull their strings, and then they dance" resembles Elise "Pull the strings. Watch them dance."
  • "Behind every mask... is another mask" might be referencing Marty Rubin ("Behind every mask there is a face, and behind that a story.") Kakashi Hatake from Naruto ("Behind this mask... is another mask!") or even Luigi Pirandello.
  • "This performance needs more... zazz" references Metalocalypse.
JhinSquare.png High Noon Jhin [S|L]

Skins

JhinSquare.png Classic Jhin [S|L]
JhinSquare.png High Noon Jhin [S|L]
Wanted poster

Relations

  • Jhin has some resentment towards both Shen Shen and his father Kusho for imprisoning him.
    • Since Kusho was killed by Zed Zed (whom he also resents for denying him a performance) Jhin will have to make do with killing the Eye of Twilight.
      • He is forcing them to work together so he might kill them both where they caught him years before.
  • Jhin has some interest in killing Sona Sona for being a very famous Ionian artist who is taking the spotlight away from his 'performances'.
    • He also has a passing interest in killing Master Yi Master Yi since the Wuju school dwarfed the success of Jhin's father's martial arts one.[10]

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