General

  • Zed /zɛd/ comes from the early English name of Letter Z (still so in UK, Canada, etc.), as well as in several other languages which adopted Latin script (e.g. French zède, German Zett, Japanese zetto, zeddo, & zii);
    • Earlier, from Latin Zeta, from Ancient Greek Ζ ζήτα, with Phoenician Zayin's shape & Tsade's name & pronunciation, from Semitic root ṣ-y-d "hunt" [1].
    • Thus the name Zed originates from various Semitic words for hunter, like Arabic صياد ṣayyād & Hebrew צַיָּד ṣayád (cf. Old English Draven dræfend).
      • Tsade was likely pronounced [tsˤ] originally, yet sound changes & manifold borrowings sometimes resulted in /z/, ironically making Zed's name sound identical to Hebrew זֵד zed "upstart, villain, scoundrel", from another root z-y-d "to boil, seethe".
  • Zed's dance was inspired by various martial arts (the animator is a black belt)
  • Zed is the first champion to not actually 'die' (he drops into a shadow portal while Shockblade disappears by being struck by a lightning bolt) the second being Ekko Ekko (he rewinds time)
    • It is unknown if either actually manages to cheat death.
  • Zed is four years younger than Jhin Jhin and appears to be ambidextrous.
  • Zed is the fifth champion to use energy as a resource for abilities (the others being Akali Akali, Lee Sin Lee Sin, Kennen Kennen, and Shen Shen)
  • Zed is one of thirteen champions to not have a single Ability Power ratio on any ability (the others being Darius Darius, Draven Draven, Garen Garen, Illaoi Illaoi, Kalista Kalista, Kindred Kindred, Kled Kled, Olaf Olaf, Riven Riven, Talon Talon, Xayah Xayah and Vayne Vayne)
  • Zed Zed is the third dark-themed Ionian champion (the others being Syndra Syndra and Varus Varus)
  • Zed and Lucian Lucian perform the 'airplane arms' run when having very high movement speed.
  • Razor Shuriken.png Razor Shuriken, Living Shadow.png Living Shadow, and Shadow Slash.png Shadow Slash respectively mirroring Thundering Shuriken.png Thundering Shuriken, Shadow Dash.png Shadow Dash, and Crescent Slash.png Crescent Slash, as well as Death Mark.png Death Mark, Mark of the Assassin.png Mark of the Assassin, and Mark of the Storm.png Mark of the Storm marking their targets reference Zed having been a Kinkou Order member.
    • Death Mark.png Death Mark was conceived with spawning two Living Shadow.png Living Shadows and was animated accordingly on release.
    • Clicking a Living Shadow.png Living Shadow while spectating in slow motion (otherwise it was not possible) while the HUD update was on the PBE used to display Akali Akali's portrait.
    • Zed and his enemy counterpart can theoretically increase their AD infinitely with Reaper of Shadows.png Reaper of Shadows by alternating killing each other.
  • Zed used to gain the 'Law of Inverse Ninja Strength' hidden passive ("This unit is a flippin' ninja!", "Ninjas are more effective when they work alone. For every Ninja on your team beyond yourself, you lose 1 health.") when he, Akali Akali, Kennen Kennen, and/or Shen Shen found themselves on the same team (was removed during Preseason 4 for unknown reasons)
  • It is theorized Zed and Nocturne Nocturne are the same individual.

Quotes

Skins

ZedSquare.png Classic Zed [S|L]
ZedSquare.png Shockblade Zed [S|L]
ZedSquare.png SKT T1 Zed [S|L]
ZedSquare.png PROJECT: Zed [S|L]
ZedSquare.png Championship Zed [S|L]

Relations

  • Zed and Shen Shen trained together in the Kinkou Order, lead by the latter's father Kusho. Both students saw each other as rivals, but Shen Shen respected Zed, seeing him as a brother and even being a bit jealous of him (Kusho was less strict towards Zed)
    • Zed, Shen Shen, and Kusho worked to discover and capture Jhin Khada Jhin for his brutal murders. All three of them were severely traumatized during the investigation and, when they finally caught the 'Golden Demon', Kusho spared his life. Zed couldn't believe such a monster was offered mercy, finding himself question his master's teachings to the point of heavily resenting him and ultimately murdering him.
  • Zed's resentment towards Kusho led him to delve into the shadow arts, founding the Order of Shadow and slaughtering the Kinkou while taking up residence in their old monastery. He seeks to abolish the old ways of balance while spreading his 'no restraint' philosophy, murdering any ninja who refuses to learn.
    • It is implied Zed had a 'favorite student' suspected to be Akali Akali (might explain why she wants him dead while Shen Shen thinks there might be another way and Kennen Kennen believes he is not beyond redemption)
  • Zed and Syndra Syndra are seen as agents of chaos that must be stopped before they upset Ionia's delicate post-invasion stability.
  • Zed is being hunted by Kalista Kalista for betraying the Kinkou.
  • Zed wants Gangplank Gangplank dead after he ransacked the Temple of the Jagged Knife.
  • Both Rakan Rakan and Xayah Xayah have encountered Zed Zed and his ninja clan in an attempt to save a grove from losing all its natural magic.

References