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Trivia

  • Zed's ultimate was changed before release to create only one shadow. Forum post by Scarizard, it originally created two shadows and is still animated for two.
  • Zed was designed by CertainlyT and Samizul [1].
  • Zed is the 1st champion whose death animation shows him escaping (via a shadow portal), rather than actually dying. Whether he actually manages to cheat death remains open to debate.
  • Zed is the 5th champion to utilize energy as a resource. 
  • Zed is one of the 8 champions who do not have a single skill that scales off ability power, along with  Darius,  Draven,  Garen,  Olaf,  Riven,  Talon, and  Vayne.
  • Zed switches his running animation into Airplane Arms, seen here when moving at a high movement speed (such as using Ghost).
    • The Airplane Arms animation is also activated when Zed is affected by an ally's Captain-enchanted boots, suggesting that any temporary speed buff will change his running animation.
  •  Zed is the third dark-themed Ionian Champion along with  Syndra and  Varus.
  • Zed's abilities have elements that mirror those of the Kinkou's. Zed's Razor Shuriken mirrors Kennen's Thundering Shuriken, his Living Shadow mirrors Shen's Shadow Dash and his Shadow Slash mirrors Akali's Crescent Slash. Zed's ultimate Death Mark also "marks" a target, which deals additional effects upon detonation. This is similar to Shen's Vorpal Blades, Kennen's Mark of the Storm and Akali's Mark of the Assassin.
  • Zed's dance is inspired by various martial arts. The animator that formed the idea is a black belt [2].

Quotes

  • Zed's joke is a reference to the Mortal Kombat franchise.
  • Zed shares a quote with  Shen: "Without a sound."
  • Zed has a special taunt when facing Shen "Challenge me Shen....You shall not be an orphan long!".

Skins

Classic Zed

  • Zed bears some resemblance to the Shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, namely Shredder's later designs where his face cannot be seen and his facemask is a grill-like kenpo.
    • Zed also serves as an antagonistic role to a group of ninjas in his backstory.
  • Zed has similar powers over shadows and looks similar to Noob Saibot from the Mortal Kombat series.
  • Zed also bears some resemblance to Lord Zedd from the Power Rangers franchise, mainly due to the name and similarities in the mask.

Shockblade Zed

SKT Zed

Relations

  • Zed and  Shen were taught under the same master, Shen's father, and were rivals to one another. However, before Zed's fall, Shen respected him as a strong fellow student and was even a bit jealous of him as Shen's father was less strict towards him [3].
    • Zed would later murder Shen's father and establish a new ninja order, the Order of the Shadow.
  • Zed seeks to abolish the old ways of balance and replace them with the forbidden art of the shadow. Any ninja who refuses to learn will be eliminated.
  • According to Runaan,  Akali may have some former connection to Zed. What that connection was has yet to be elaborated on, but it has something to do with her title, "the Fist of Shadow", and her passive, "Twin Disciples" [4]. In a later post, he mentions that Zed once has a "favourite student" who has since left the Order of Shadows [5], and that Zed thinks her talents are wasted with the Kinkou.
  • Zed sees  Kennen as a disgrace.  Syndra may consider allying with Zed.  Karma recognizes Zed as a dangerous force of chaos that must be stopped. Future interactions between Zed and  Nocturne have been hinted at [6].
    • The most common speculation comes from the entire community, saying Zed is Nocturne. A full explanation is listed here.
  •  Akali wants him dead,  Shen thinks there might be another way, and  Kennen believes he is not beyond redemption [7].

Media

Zed's Theme

Zed League Of Legends Login Screen With Music01:10

Zed League Of Legends Login Screen With Music

Login Screen

Zed Champion Spotlight06:00

Zed Champion Spotlight

Champion Spotlight

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