Monday, December 17, 2012

League of Legends - The Gents

'League of Legends' Champion Tryndamere - The Barbarian King
Okay, so I'm not sure how many of these would fall into the "gentlemen" category, but it sounds better that "all those other characters that aren't females". This is the follow up the the post I did a couple of weeks ago ago on the ladies of the video game 'League of Legends', and includes the guys and the creatures of what I like to call indeterminate gender. Again, I've profiled my three top picks first, but included the total list for you to choose your own.

Viktor – The Machine Herald 
Many would think of this spelled Victor, but ever since Viktor Krum made an appearance in 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' I much prefer this spelling. It just seems a little tougher and swarthier than Victor, which seems a bit stuffy and boring to me. Which may seem silly considering it is just one letter different. But it's something most of us have felt at some time or another, as evidenced by the rise in alternate spellings of names.

Viktor does in fact come from the Latin Victor, meaning 'champion'. Interestingly, it is a top 5 name in Iceland, a top 20 name in Sweden, and a top 100 name in the Czech Republic and Hungary. In the US it is still far from popular, despite rising quite a bit since the Harry Potter phenomenon started. In 2011 it ranked #1173, while the Victor spelling ranked #142. And was so popular it was given to 5 girls.

Draven – The Glorious Executioner 
I have to admit to forgetting that this name came from 'The Crow', and thinking it was a spin on Raven created for the game. Which was probably how it came to appear in 'The Crow'. As an invented name, it doesn't really have an accepted meaning. Draven is most commonly thought of as a "Gothic" name - somewhat dark and mysterious. I'd also add enigmatic, sophisticated and strong to this name. It's the kind of name I could imagine on a vampire.

The movie 'The Crow' came out in 1994, and that is the first year it started appearing on American children - boys and girls. However it is a top 1000 name for boys - at position #729 in 2011 - while only 8 girls were given this name in the same year. A different but not too unusual name that even people who know nothing about the movie will think is cool.

Ryze – The Rogue Mage 
Some will hate this, because it so obviously looks made up. I like to think of Ryze as a virtuous name for the space age though. The Y and Z make it look as if it is straight out of a futuristic post apocalyptic setting. But said aloud it sounds just like the common word "rise". To "rise above something" could be thought to be just as virtuous as traditional virtue names Clemence, Patience and Temperance, and modern virtue names such as Brave, Honor or True. Maybe Rise or Ryze will be found in a future wave of virtue names.

The Others:

Alistar – The Minotaur
Amumu – The Sad Mummy
Anivia – The Cryophoenix
Blitzcrank – The Great Steam Golem
Brand – The Burning Vengeance 
Cho’Gath – The Terror of the Void
Corki – The Daring Bombadier
'League of Legends' Champion
Maokai - The Twisted Treant
Darius – The Hand of Noxus 
Dr Mundo – The Madman of Zaun 
Ezreal – The Prodigal Explorer 
Fiddlesticks – The Harbinger of Doom 
Fizz – The Tidal Trickster
Galio – The Sentinel's Sorrow 
Gangplank – The Saltwater Scourge 
Garen – The Might of Demacia 
Gragas – The Rabble Rouser
Graves – The Outlaw 
Hecarim – The Shadow of War 
Heimerdinger – The Revered Inventor 
Jarvan IV – The Exemplar of Demacia 
Jax – Grandmaster at Arms 
Jayce – The Defender of Tomorrow 
Karthus – The Deathsinger 
Kassadin – The Void Walker 
Kennen – The Heart of the Tempest
Kha’Zix – The Void Reaver
Kog’Maw – The Mouth of the Abyss
Lee Sin – The Blind Monk
Malphite – Shard of the Monolith 
Malzahar – The Prophet of the Void 
Maokai – The Twisted Treant
Master Yi – The Wuju Bladesman 
Mordekaiser – The Master of Metal 
Nasus – The Curator of the Sands 
Nautilus – The Titan of the Depths 
Nocturne – The Eternal Nightmare 
Nunu – The Yeti Rider 
Olaf – The Berserker 
Pantheon – The Artisan of War 
Rammus – The Armordillo
Renekton – The Butcher of the Sands
'League of Legends' Champion
Teemo - The Swift Scout
Rengar – The Pridestalker
Rumble – The Mechanized Menace
Shaco – The Demon Jester 
Shen – Eye of Twilight 
Singed – Mad Chemist 
Sion – The Undead Champion 
Skarner – The Crystal Vanguard
Swain – The Master Tactician 
Talon – The Blade's Shadow 
Taric – The Gem Knight 
Teemo – The Swift Scout 
Trundle – The Cursed Troll 
Tryndamere – The Barbarian King 
Twisted Fate – The Card Master 
Twitch – The Plague Rat 
Udyr – The Animal Spirit 
Urgot – The Headsman's Pride
Varus – The Arrow of Retribution 
Veigar – The Tiny Master of Evil
Vladimir – The Crimson Reaper 
Volibear – The Thunder's Roar 
Warwick – The Blood Hunter 
Wukong – The Monkey King 
Xerath – The Magus Ascendant
Xin Zhao – The Seneschal of Demacia 
Yorick – The Grave Digger 
Ziggs – The Hexplosives Expert 
Zilean – Chronokeeper 

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