Lee Sin's new voice-over sparks controversy

Vic Mignogna replaced, possibly over sexual harassment allegations.

League of Legends's Icon Nicholas Ray · 5 Jul 2019


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Riot Games recently replaced Vic Mignogna, an actor famous for his roles in dubbed anime such as Fullmetal Alchemist and Ouran High School Host Club, as Lee Sin's original voice on the PBE.

In addition to redoing Lee's original voice, Riot even made a new voice-over for Lee's legendary skin, God Fist Lee Sin, which comes with its own unique set of lines and interactions. The changes were received with mixed reactions from the community.

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The main complaint most people seem to have is they believe it removes Lee's calm and wise tone, making him sound more aggressive. When you compare Lee's new voice to the live version, you can tell some lines are louder and less mellow-sounding overall, even in lines that are unrelated to combat. This is likely unrelated to Riot's perception of Lee Sin as a character, however.

While the change may seem random to some, others have speculated the reasoning behind it is due to recent controversy surrounding Vic Mignogna. Earlier this year, the voice actor was accused of sexual harassment by fans and industry colleagues, and has lost many of his roles as a result. It's possible Riot no longer wants to associate with him given these claims.

Mignogna also voices Malzahar in-game, so if Riot changes his voice in the near future as well, it could signify their choice to cut tiers with the voice actor.

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