General

  • Tryndamere holds his sword in a similar fashion Pyramid Head (Silent Hill) holds his knife.
  • Tryndamere's dance refers to Hopak, the traditional Cossack dance.
    • His pre-V1.0.0.122 dance was a reference to N'Sync's "Bye Bye Bye" music video. A side-by-side comparison can be seen here.
  • Tryndamere was the first champion with 100 points in Attack Rating.
  • With Spinning Slash.png Spinning Slash, Tryndamere is one of the only four champions in the game to have a single damaging ability, the other being Zilean Zilean with Time Bomb.png Time Bomb, reworked Taric Taric with Dazzle.png Dazzle and Bard Bard with Cosmic Binding.png Cosmic Binding.

Lore

  • Tryndamere's sword was passed down from his father, whom in turn received it from his father before him, and so on. Tryndamere said his father's words of wisdom were "master using it and you can have this" - a quote from the original Legend of Zelda game for the Nintendo Entertainment System, released in 1987.
  • Tryndamere draws many parallels with Conan the Barbarian.
    • His previous story appears to have been based on the opening sequence of the eponymous 1982 movie, in which Conan's entire village is slaughtered and he swears revenge upon those responsible.
    • In the original stories Conan is said to hail from a nomadic people residing in Cimmeria, a northern region in his world, whereas Tryndamere comes from Northern Freljord.
    • Conan is said to have "become a king by his own hand" in the 1982 movie. Tryndamere became "The Barbarian King" by uniting all the peoples of his homeland under his leadership, all thanks to his friendships with most of the Barbarian leaders.
  • According to Aatrox's lore, Tryndamere could possibly descend from the Magelords, the faction decimated by the Darkin Blade.
    • This is unlikely, since the story of the Protectorate-Magelords war is Aatrox's oldest historical account, and he is many centuries older than Tryndamere.

Development

  • Tryndamere was designed by Steve 'Guinsoo' Feak.
  • Tryndamere is voiced by Brian Sommer, who also voices Blood Boil.png Willump and Warwick Warwick.
  • Tryndamere was named after Riot Games Inc. CEO Marc 'Tryndamere' Merrill's EverQuest character. "Tryndamere" is also Merrill's forum and summoner name.
    • The in-game announcer heard that Tryndamere "was made directly from a picture of Marc Merrill wearing a kilt, and nothing else..."
  • His previous title was "The Dark Champion" but he has been called "The Barbarian King" ever since the second official trailer.

Quotes

  • TryndamereSquare.png Tryndamere's quote "I am your worst nightmare!" is a popular trope in films, videogames, literature, music, and television.
    • It may also be a Riot inside joke (i.e. Marc Merrill is his employees' worst nightmare).

Skins

TryndamereSquare.png Classic Tryndamere [S|L]
TryndamereSquare.png King Tryndamere [S|L]
  • This skin is a lore reference to his role as the leader of Freljord.
  • He shares this theme with Ashe Ashe, seeing as both of these skins portray them as the leaders of the Freljord, in lore.
TryndamereSquare.png Highland Tryndamere [S|L]
  • This skin is a reference to the Highlander franchise.
  • "Highland" is also an old term referring to people from the Scottish Highlands. So, the skin may rather be a reference to the old Scottish warrior garb than to the previously mentioned franchise.
  • Attendees of the Season One Championship at Dreamhack qualified for a code to unlock Tryndamere Viking Tryndamere. This skin later became available on 24 June 2011 for 975 RP.
TryndamereSquare.png Demonblade Tryndamere [S|L]
  • This skin is an allusion to Aatrox Aatrox's quote "Tryndamere, my greatest creation" while also being evocative of the Darkin himself.
  • His trailer can be seen here
  • This skin is possibly a reference to Nightmare from the Soul Calibur series.
  • This skin also resembles Haru Glory from the Rave Master series. One of Haru's swords claims the wielder's soul in exchange for greatly increased strength. During the process, the sword will fuse to the wielder's arm.
  • Tryndamere was the first champion to have a non-comical Legendary skin voice-over.
TryndamereSquare.png Sultan Tryndamere [S|L]
TryndamereSquare.png Warring Kingdoms Tryndamere [S|L]
TryndamereSquare.png Nightmare Tryndamere [S|L]
TryndamereSquare.png Beast Hunter Tryndamere [S|L]

Relations

  • TryndamereSquare.png Tryndamere is AsheSquare.png Ashe's husband. However, their marriage was made from political reasons. This relationship could be a reference to the relationship between Khal Drogo and Deanerys Targaryen from the popular epic fantasy bookseries A Song of Fire and Ice.
  • Tryndamere's nemesis is Aatrox Aatrox, who is the main reason why most of Tryndamere's tribe got destroyed.
  • He is hostile towards the Winter's Claw, who disdainfully lumped him into the Avarosa's "decadent lifestyle" even though Tryndamere actually originated from another hardy nomadic tribe, much like Sejuani Sejuani.

References