League of Legends champion's designs are all brilliantly unique with a lot of character.
However, many players in the community believe that the representation of other identities is severely lacking.
From overly sexualised female champions to rough and gritty muscular male champions. These are the designs which overcrowd the rest.
But, there have been some great improvements in representations of design and identity in recent years.
So, does League of Legends have a good representation of non-binary champions? And if not, how can this be resolved?
League of Legends Non-Binary Champions
Representation of non-binary champions in LoL usually goes to more monstrous champions or machines.
There has only been one champion who was rumoured to be transgender. However, this was never officially confirmed by Riot Games.
- Cho'Gath - uses 'it' pronouns
- Nocturne - uses 'it' pronouns
- Kindred - Wolf uses 'he' pronouns, Lamb uses 'she' pronouns and together they use 'they'
- Vel'Koz - non-binary
- Blitzcrank - is referred to as a machine and uses no pronouns
- Taaliyah - is rumoured to be transgender but this has not been confirmed
Why Does Representation Matter?
League of Legends champions are currently sitting with extremely disproportionate ratios.
With many female champions such as Evelynn, Janna, and Soraka being hyper-sexualised, there isn't much representation outside of that. Besides yordle or children.
For men, the same is true, many male champions in LoL are muscular, strong and protective.
Now for the non-binary champions, they barely exist at all outside of monsters or machines.
Enforcing these gender norms can become damaging to those who do not conform to these stereotypes.
And playing this game without those detailed champions can reduce self-esteem.
How Riot is Getting Better with League of Legends Champions
Champions in the game are slowly becoming more progressive and representative of how society is actually formed.
A mix of different gender, sexualities, and people.
The recent release of K'Sante who identifies as gay shows a good step towards better representation.
Additionally, the development of Caitlyn and Vi in Arcane and now cannon in the game has helped with this issue.
But, there is still much work to go through before the game has better representation.