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  • Lee Sin was one of the first six champions designed (the others being AnnieSquare Annie, SingedSquare Singed, SionSquare Sion, SivirSquare Sivir, and Twisted FateSquare Twisted Fate) [1][2]
    • Lee Sin is the only allegedly canceled champion reintroduced with his original name.
    • Lee Sin is the first champion to be redesigned and to be technically given a relaunch skin (Lee SinSquare Traditional Lee Sin [S|L]), although it was done prior to his actual release.
    • Lee Sin is the first champion to feature two 'Champion Spotlights' (an April Fools one and a real one)
  • Lee Sin is the second of eight champions to have more than four abilities (the others being EliseSquare Elise, GnarSquare Gnar, HeimerdingerSquare Heimerdinger, JayceSquare Jayce, KarmaSquare Karma, NidaleeSquare Nidalee, and Rek'SaiSquare Rek'Sai)
  • Lee Sin is the first monk type champion announced but the second to be released (after UdyrSquare Udyr)
  • Lee Sin is the first non-ninja Ionian champion to use energy.
  • Lee Sin's dance references Shaolin Soccer.
    • A side-by-side comparison can be seen here.
  • Lee Sin was taught Dragon's Rage Dragon's Rage by Jesse Perring (yet the Blind Monk does not kick players off the map)
  • In the Chinese version, his name is written as 李青 (Mandarin: Lǐ Qīng).
    • 李 is a common Chinese surname meaning "plum" < Old Chinese rəʔ[3] 
      • also borrowed into Korean (Northern eumhun: Ri 리, Southern: I 이) & Vietnamese (Lí / Lý).
    • 青 means "green," the color of living trees' leaves, < Sino-Tibetan *k-siŋ < *sriŋ "to live"[4].
  • The official Riot's pronunciation /li: sɪn/ sounds similar to listen /ˈlɪsən/, yet not exactly homophonic.


  • Lee Sin and SorakaSquare Soraka share the quote "Where am I needed?".
  • "Master yourself, master the enemy" might be referencing The Art of War by Sun Tzu.


Lee SinSquare Traditional Lee Sin [S|L]
Lee SinSquare Dragon Fist Lee Sin [S|L]
  • He celebrates Lunar Revel 2012.
  • He references Bruce Lee (in last name, in mannerisms when idle, and his outfit references him in Enter the Dragon)
  • He was the first skin to get a Chroma Pack.
    • The Yellow variation likely references Bruce Lee's outfit in Game of Death.
Lee SinSquare Muay Thai Lee Sin [S|L]
Lee SinSquare Pool Party Lee Sin [S|L]
Lee SinSquare SKT T1 Lee Sin [S|L]
Lee SinSquare Knockout Lee Sin [S|L]
Lee SinSquare God Fist Lee Sin [S|L]
  • This skin was inspired by Marvel's Iron Fist.
    • His appearance resembles Daniel Rand from TV Show Marvel's Iron Fist which was released just days, on Netflix, before this skin's initial release on the PBE.
  • This is his first skin where he isn't blind.
  • His appearance resembles Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  • This skin may also have been inspired by the video-game Asura's Wrath, with Lee Sin's appearance closely resembling the game's protagonist, Asura.
  • He shares this theme with JaxSquare God Staff Jax [S|L].


  1. @Riot, the first champion EVER made
  2. Guinsoo expanding first roster to six champions
  3. Schuessler, A. The ABC Etymological Dictionary of Old Chinese, p. 349
  4. Schuessler, p. 431-2, 459