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Champion Background Strategy Skins & Trivia


Chinese artwork

  • Classic skin
  • Phantom Karthus
  • Statue of Karthus
  • Statue of Karthus 2
  • Grim Reaper Karthus
  • Pentakill Karthus


Adam Harrington in League of Legends(00:38)
Adam Harrington as Karthus
  • Karthus is one of five champions voiced by Adam Harrington, the other four being  Kassadin,  Mordekaiser,  Ryze, and  Shaco.
  • Karthus' ultimate,  Requiem, has the same name as the Catholic gathering called the "Requiem Mass", which is dedicated to praying for the souls of the deceased.
  • The old icon for Karthus' passive,  Death Defied was a sheep.
  • Karthus is one of the four champions to have abilities which allow them to continue to attack after death. Karthus's ability being  Death Defied and the others being  Kog'Maw's  Icathian Surprise,  Yorick's  Omen of Death and  Zyra's  Rise of the Thorns.
  • There is a glass case which has "Press R to Win"" in all caps in the video of the Mac Version Launch which possibly references people playing as Karthus stating Press R to Win.
  • Karthus is possibly inspired by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, particularly the rider symbolizing Famine. (The other horsemen theme champions to have been released so far are, Thresh, Morderkaiser, and Hecarim.)


  • Karthus shares the quote with  Evelynn: "Their pain is my pleasure".
  • Karthus quote "I will put you...In my book." may be a reference to the anime Death Note.


  • In Karthus' Chinese splash artworks, he does not have a skull face. This is likely because the use of exposed bones in video-games is explicitly forbidden in China (a famous example is the race Undead in World of Warcraft, where in the American server their bones are exposed, while in the Chinese server they're covered).[1]
  • The Statue of Karthus is a reference to the Statue of Liberty in New York City.
  • Grim Reaper Karthus has the scythe that Death is usually depicted to be wielding rather than his usual staff.
    • The book he is holding in Grim Reaper skin it is known as the "Necronomicon" a fictional book of the dead, attributed to the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
  • Phantom Karthus is most likely a reference to the Phantom of the Opera, due to the mask on the left side of his face.
  • Pentakill Karthus seems to have a drinking problem, as seen here.
  • In the classic skin's splash artwork and model, Karthus is holding a book with the League of Legends icon on it's cover, only with a few alterations.


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