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General

  • A framed portrait of Katarina can be seen in the game's Mac Version trailer.
  • Katarina - CassiopeiaSquare Cassiopeia is one of five pairs of sibling champions (the others being KayleSquare Kayle - MorganaSquare Morgana, GarenSquare Garen - LuxSquare Lux, NasusSquare Nasus - RenektonSquare Renekton, and DariusSquare Darius - DravenSquare Draven)
  • Katarina's dance references Napoleon Dynamite, via one of its portions (Master YiSquare Master Yi's old dance references the other).
    • A side-by-side comparison can be seen here.
  • Katarina is one of few champions to feature two 'Champion Spotlights' due to significant gameplay changes (the others being EzrealSquare Ezreal, KarmaSquare Karma, Lee SinSquare Lee Sin, and SivirSquare Sivir)
  • Katarina's name comes from Greek Αἰκατερίνα/η, possibly after Greek goddess Hecate
    • Du Couteau (her family name) is French for "of the knife"
    • She shared her namesake with CaitlynSquare Caitlyn
    • She seemed to be influenced Katherina from The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare.
      • Shunpo Shunpo (pronounced: [ɕʉ͍̃mpo] shoom-poh) comes from Sino-Japanese 瞬歩 "blink step".
  • On release Mercenary was her Classic skin.

Quotes

  • Katarina is one of few champions to have had their voice actors changed (the others being AniviaSquare Anivia, JannaSquare Janna, KarthusSquare Karthus, CassiopeiaSquare Cassiopeia, and NasusSquare Nasus)
    • Katarina's old voice-over had a more angry tone. It can be listened to here.
      • Her old taunt was "Remember, evil spelled backwards is live. No coincidence."
      • Her old joke referenced Danse Macabre.
  • "Why? Because I can" references Shawn Michaels.
  • Loading the client, going to her champion page, selecting 'Abilities', and pressing Ctrl + 1 will play a video where she says "Killing is my duty... fun is yelling 'surprise'!"

Skins

KatarinaSquare Classic Katarina [S|L]
  • Her splash art shows her in mid-Shunpo Shunpo.
KatarinaSquare Bilgewater Katarina [S|L]
KatarinaSquare Red Card Katarina [S|L]
KatarinaSquare Sandstorm Katarina [S|L]
  • She has her own taunt animation.
  • She shares this theme with EkkoSquare Sandstorm Ekko [S|L].
KatarinaSquare Slay Belle Katarina [S|L]
  • This skin's name is a punning on the sleigh bells to warn pedestrians of incoming horse-drawn vehicles.
  • The one she is going to murder in the foreground might be GarenSquare Garen.
KatarinaSquare Warring Kingdoms Katarina [S|L]
KatarinaSquare PROJECT: Katarina [S|L]
KatarinaSquare Death Sworn Katarina [S|L]

Relations

  • Katarina is CassiopeiaSquare Cassiopeia's older sister while TalonSquare Talon is their adopted 'little brother'.
    • The sisters and the Blade's Shadow are members of Noxian noble house Du Couteau, whose head (General Marcus, Noxus' finest assassin) is missing and presumed dead.
  • It is implied, suspected, and speculated that Katarina and GarenSquare Garen had/have feelings for each other.[1]
    • Then there are those who imply it to the point of confirmation:
      • Tahm KenchSquare "Don't starve your heart, KatarinaSquare child! Let me deliver you to GarenSquare him."
      • Tahm KenchSquare "GarenSquare You live by a code that'll never let you get what you want. Let me take you to KatarinaSquare her."
      • IllaoiSquare "No love is impossible, my god demands you follow KatarinaSquare your desires."
      • IllaoiSquare "Honor? Duty? Ha! What GarenSquare your heart demands is all that matters."
      • JhinSquare "KatarinaSquare Your finale will be a GarenSquare duet."
      • JhinSquare "The always-enchanting tale of KatarinaSquare star-GarenSquare crossed lovers."

References