Do you know Vi? She’s a champion in League of Legends, and she’s also a character in the new Netflix show Arcane. But there are big differences between these two versions of Vi. So in this blog post, we take a look at the differences between Vi from League of Legends and Arcane Vi.
League of Legends Vi
Well folks let’s start at the top! The Piltover Enforcer, otherwise known as Vi, is a playable fighter/assassin type character in Riot Games LOL (League of Legends). Our beloved champion was introduced on December 19th, 2012.
Here is Vi’s bio from the official LOL website:
“…only a very loose respect for authority figures. Growing up all but alone, Vi developed finely honed survival instincts as well as a wickedly abrasive sense of humor. Now working with the Wardens of Piltover to keep the peace, she wields mighty hextech gauntlets that can punch through walls and suspects with equal ease.”League of Legends
The creators of Arcane chose Vi as one of the first characters to cross over from League of Legends and it is a mystery why they chose her out of so many playable champions.
Perhaps it was because Vi is one of the older characters as far as the game is concerned.
Riot Games Vi
Something I’ve noticed when researching the Champions of LOL, is their bio’s are very short on the official LOL website. So I looked around and after reading the LOL Wiki I found some similarities and differences about the character Vi from the video game and the animated Netflix series.
- Uses fists to survive
- Pink hair
- Form a crew of her own
- Brash and quick to anger
- Finds bar owner mentor
- Uses gauntlets
- Teams up with the Caitlyn
- Never knew her parents
- Jinx is NOT Vi’s biological sister
- Ended up in Hope House Orphanage as a baby
- Becomes Piltover Enforcer
Check out this quote from Vi’s LOL Wiki:
Rumors circulated between the gangs that she had been killed in a huge explosion in the heart of the undercity, or that she had turned her back on her friends and struck out for distant lands. The truth, however, finally came to light when Old Hungry’s Scars—a vicious gang whose murder sprees had spread topside—were brought down by a respected sheriff of Piltover and her new ally… Vi.”LOL Wiki
Vi’s Abilities League of Legends
Every character in League of Legends has different abilities and Vi is no different. So here are Vi’s abilities:
Vi charges her gauntlets and unleashes a vault shattering punch, carrying her forward. Then the enemies she hits are knocked back and receive a stack of Denting Blows
Vi’s punches break her opponent’s Armor, dealing bonus damage and granting her Attack Speed.
Vi charges a shield over time. Then the shield can be activated by hitting an enemy with an ability.
Cease and Desist
Vi runs down an enemy, knocking aside anyone in the way. When she reaches her target she knocks it into the air, jumps after it, and slams it back into the ground.
Vi’s next attack blasts through her target, dealing damage to enemies behind it.
Vi’s Vault Breaker, is her main source of damage and she uses it to quickly close the gap on an enemy. Her other abilities are Denting Blows, Relentless Force, Blast Shield and Cease and Desist. All of these abilities work together to make Vi a very powerful champion.
Arcane Animated Series Setting
Alright folks, it’s time to transition to who Vi is in the Arcane animated series on Netflix. So let’s discuss the landscape Vi resides in.
There are two areas that make up the world of the Arcane animated show on Netflix. One is the beautiful forward thinking city of Piltover. And the other is its dark and dangerous underbelly of Zaun.
Piltover is a fast-growing, forward-thinking metropolis that is on the rise.
Furthermore, it’s a meeting place for the entire region, where art, craftsmanship, trade, and innovation are all interwoven.
Its strength stems not from military might, but from the engines of trade and forward thinking.
Zaun is a huge, underground city district located in the deep canyons and valleys that run throughout Piltover.
It is dark in Zaun, commonly referred to as the City of Iron and Glass. The little light that does reach it filters through stained glass and fumes leaking from corroded pipework.
It is a dark and dangerous place where crime runs wild.
Vi from the Arcane animated Netflix series is a complicated character. Initially, life forced her to grow up quickly and look after her younger sister Powder (Jinx) after the loss of their biological parents.
Jinx and Vi’s parents died in an uprising that was put down by Piltover enforcers. Then Vander, a tavern owner, picks up Vi and Powder and raises them together along with a few other orphans.
Vi fails a heist in Piltover which complicates the situation. Then the failure sets things in motion for the big bad evil guy (Silco). Then Silco manipulates the situation to get revenge on his long lost enemy Vander.
Silco captured Vander which forced Vi and her adopted siblings to rescue their father. Once Vi’s entire adopted family dies due to the tragic accident brought on by her younger sister Powder (due to her negligence), it changes everything.
Vi abandons Powder and becomes an outcast, driving the story forward. Then Silco takes Powder who becomes Jinx, a chaotic Harley Quinn type character. Meanwhile Vi becomes a creature of the streets of Zaun.
Lastly, Vi’s face off with her long lost sister at the end of season 1 of Arcane sets up Arcane Season 2 beautifully. We’re certainly going to see Vi using her prized gauntlets in future seasons.
Fun fact, Vi starts off as 12 years old in Arcane and by the end of the first season she is 22.
Vi League of Legends Arcane Voice Actress
Hailee Steinfeld is the award winning actress who’s voice brings Vi to life in the Arcane Animated Series.
She made her big break with the western drama movie True Grit (2010), Ender’s Game (2013), Romeo & Juliet (2013), Begin Again (2013), and 3 Days to Kill (2014) as well as the Pitch Perfect film series (2015–2017) and The Edge of Seventeen (2016).
Conclusion—League Of Legends Vi vs Arcane
I’m interested to see what happens to Vi in Arcane Season 2 and how the drama plays out with her sister Jinx. Although Vi is portrayed different in the Arcane animated series verses her LOL origin story, the spirit of Vi definitely carried over from game to show.
I had a blast writing this article for Nerd Night News. So stay tuned for more updates on your favorite champions and don’t forget to check out our League of Legends section for champion spotlights and news.
Looking for more information on Arcane and its amazing cast of characters:
- Netflix’s Arcane Season 2 | Everything We Know So Far
- Arcane Who is Silco? Season One and Two Theories
- Jinx League of Legends Champion vs the Startling Arcane Killer
And as always, if you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to let us know in the comments below.
See you next time!