Warning: Spoilers ahead!
League of Legends’ animated series “Arcane” is now out on Netflix. Released on November 7, the show marked Riot Games’ first foray into animation.
The series’ first three episodes introduced some colorful new characters and re-introduced us to some of our favorite League of Legends champions such as Vi, Jinx, Caitlyn, Jayce, and Viktor.
The League of Legends community has already formed some theories based on Arcane Act 1’s episodes. Some fans are suggesting that Arcane’s Vander is actually League of Legends’ Warwick.
Who is Vander in League of Legends Arcane?
Vander is Vi and Powder’s (young Jinx) foster father. The League of Legends siblings became orphans at a young age, and he raised them as his own.
Diving in a bit deeper into his story, he was responsible for launching an uprising against Piltover’s elite community. He strongly believed that violence could bring change to the wealthy city. However, the revolution ended in a tragedy and has taken the lives of several Zaun residents, including Vi and Powder’s parents.
Because of this incident, Vander felt guilty and began to change his outlook on life. His peaceful days did not last long, however, especially after Vi and her friends caused a ruckus that angered Piltover’s enforcers.
Amidst the chaos, another Arcane character, Silco, was determined to take his revenge on Vander. Silco kidnapped Vander to become a test subject on his violent experiments. However, Vi and Powder arrived on time to try and set him free from Silco.
Things quickly went awry, and Silco managed to stab Vander. He was forced to swallow Silco’s experimental serum, which turns humans into monsters. The end of Arcane episode three showed a dying Vander, telling Vi to take good care of her sister.
Is Vander actually Warwick?
Vander may be a totally new character in the League of Legends universe, but fans are already linking him to the beast Warwick. Could Vander actually be the human form of Warwick before he became a monster? Here are some clues that link the two League of Legends characters.
Vander’s post-serum appearance might not be identical to Warwick, but bore many similarities to the Zaun monster. Warwick’s lore has previously recorded that he underwent a lot of tests, so it’s likely that Vander isn’t completely dead and he’ll be tested over and over again to become Warwick.
Another clue lies in Warwick’s lore, which reads:
Though many think of Warwick as no more than a beast, buried beneath the fury lies the mind of a man—a gangster who put down his blade and took up a new name to live a better life. But no matter how hard he tried to move on, he could never escape the sins of his past.
This paragraph sounds very similar to Vander’s story in Arcane, where his failed revolution continued to haunt him even after turning over a new leaf.
The League of Legends community also pointed out another hint hidden in Warwick’s biography:
Warwick struggled to recall a single memory from his past… All he could see was blood. But then he heard a little girl screaming. Screaming something he couldn’t understand. It sounded like a name.
This perfectly describes the ending of Arcane Act 1 Episode 3. He may have heard Powder crying out loud and shouting “Violet!’ as he bled to death. It’s possible that Vander heard the sobbing of his foster daughter as he lay dying on the ground, with blood dripping from his injuries.
When you combine all these theories together, it’s possible that Vander will eventually turn into Warwick. Will we see this inhumane transformation in the next acts and episodes of Arcane?
Arcane has been divided into three acts, released every Sunday beginning November 7. You can view the full release schedule here.