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  • Master Yi dances faster the more total movement speed he has.
  • Master Yi's goggles and his sword can both be seen in the game's Mac Version trailer.
  • Master Yi and Pantheon Pantheon have the highest movement speed in the game (355).
  • Master Yi's current dance references the "Running Man" dance, while his prior dance before his visual update was a reference to the dance segment in Napoleon Dynamite (also shared with Katarina Katarina).
  • Yi (易) is Chinese for 'easiness', 'change', or 'divination', while Master Yi is a pun on 'mastery'.
    • Master Yi's title in the Chinese localization also dubs him as a "Sword Saint", a title given to most master swordmen in history such as Miyamoto Musashi.
  • Wuju Style.png Wuju Style was named after two Riot Games Inc. employees (Andy Woo and Jeff Jew).
    • In the Chinese localization, it is instead named as "Wuji" (無極, lit. Extremeless/Apolar), referencing the grey field of a yin-yang symbol. His Wuju Style.png Wuju Style ability in Chinese is also dubbed as "Wuji Jiandao" (無極劍道, lit. Extremeless Sword Path), Jiandao being the pinyin reading of the famous Japanese term "kendou".
  • Highlander.png Highlander was named after as well as references the eponymous franchise.


Master YiSquare.png Classic Master Yi [S|L]
  • He shares quotes with:
  • "The goggles? Just for reading!" and "I will take an eye... as if I don't have enough already" poke fun at how such a ridiculously complex device doesn't have any special use for him whatsoever.
  • "The key to immortality? Not dying" references Highlander.
  • One of his jokes via the Brazilian localization references Woody Woodpecker.
Master YiSquare.png PROJECT: Yi [S|L]
  • "Progress requires only a blade... that produces more blades." is the counterpart to his regular goggles jokes (how many blades can protrude from his sword for every time he uses Highlander.png Highlander)
  • "Those Master Yi goggles are absurd" references his own goggles jokes.
    • He is the third champion to interact with himself (the others being Draven Draven and Trundle Trundle).


Master YiSquare.png Classic Master Yi [S|L]
  • He resembles Sam Fisher from Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell.
  • His sword resembles a Dao.
  • He has three different running animations.
  • A strange occurrence between all his skins is that whenever Yi basic attacks a target at the start of a match, he will repeat his outward slashing animation twice for the first two basic attacks.
Master YiSquare.png Assassin Master Yi [S|L]
  • He, AlistarSquare.png Golden Alistar [S|L], and VeigarSquare.png White Mage Veigar [S|L] are the only skins priced at RP 390, making them the cheapest ones in-game.
  • The prior version of this skin before his visual upgrade was a mere black-and-white re-coloring of his original skin.
Master YiSquare.png Chosen Master Yi [S|L]
  • He references the Jedi Order from Star Wars.
  • He shares this theme with JayceSquare.png Forsaken Jayce [S|L].
    • Both of them went of sale on 4-May-2015 (Star Wars Day) and were 54% off (May the fourth be with you).
  • Wuju Style.png Wuju Style's states change his lightsaber's color:
    • On cooldown/not-learned: blue.
    • Off cooldown: green.
    • Active: red.
Master YiSquare.png Ionia Master Yi [S|L]
  • His outfit resembles Irelia Irelia's (might be indicating this is him as a member of the Ionian guard).
  • The Ionian crest can be seen on his robes' tail.
Master YiSquare.png Samurai Master Yi [S|L]
Master YiSquare.png Headhunter Master Yi [S|L]
  • He references the Yautja from Predator.
  • His helmet and his goggles resemble Hotsuma's from Shinobi.
  • He shares this theme with AkaliSquare.png Headhunter Akali [S|L], CaitlynSquare.png Headhunter Caitlyn [S|L], NidaleeSquare.png Headhunter Nidalee [S|L], RengarSquare.png Headhunter Rengar [S|L].
  • The original version of this skin prior to his visual upgrade had notable oddities, such as his blade being held the opposite way, and closer inspection of his Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike animation showed Yi leaving afterimages of one of his auto-attack animations (shown as rapidly performing his auto-attack animations at fast speed instead with a 3D model viewer). These issues were fixed for the visual-updated version.
Master YiSquare.png PROJECT: Yi [S|L]
Master YiSquare.png Cosmic Blade Master Yi [S|L]


  • Master Yi taught Wukong Wukong the Wuju Style.png Wuju Style (although the Monkey King uses a Crushing Blow.png staff rather than a sword).


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