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Rules are made to be broken... like buildings! Or people!
You wanna know a secret? Silco thinks he made "Jinx". With all his rants and his hard-won lessons. Excise your doubts, Jinx... Be what they fear, Jinx! Like everything was the same as when Vander left him. But he didn't make "Jinx"... You did.
Jinx: Are we still sisters? Vi: Nothing is ever going to change that.
~ Jinx and Vi.
Jinx, formerly known as Powder and also known as The Loose Cannon, is a villainous playable champion in the MOBA game League of Legends and one of the two main protagonists of its 2021 Netflix animated spin-off prequel series Arcane. She is the sister and arch-nemesis of Vi, the Piltover Enforcer.
An utterly insane Zaunite criminal with a love for chaos and destruction, Jinx wreaks havoc across Piltover using her explosive arsenal of weapons, spreading panic wherever she sets foot.
The 116th champion added to the game, Jinx was released on October 10, 2013, and is one of the most popular characters to be played in the bot lane.
She is voiced by Sarah Anne Williams in all video game appearances, Ella Purnell in Arcane as an adult, and Mia Sinclair in Arcane as a child.
Powder grew up as an orphan in the streets of Zaun, and many remember her as a young tinker girl who was an outcast from normal society. Powder lived with her sister, Vi, and the two were adopted by Vander, a local barkeep and de-facto leader of the undercity. As a child, Powder idolized her older sister and would construct bombs to assist in their many escapades, though they were never functional. However, on the day her bombs finally worked, Powder inadvertently caused the death of her adoptive father and brothers, Mylo and Claggor. Vi blamed Powder for the incident, calling her a "Jinx" before the two were separated, with Powder thinking Vi had abandoned her.
Completely and utterly alone, Powder was adopted by the crime lord Silco, and she descended into madness. Taking on the name "Jinx", she committed various acts of terrorism for many years until Silco's death. After that, Jinx became a solo act, and she quickly became a force to be reckoned with in the streets of Piltover, sowing chaos wherever she set foot.
Jinx became notorious for pulling pranks on the wealthy, causing stampedes, destroying public property, and even switching around street signs to cause confusion and traffic jams across the city. While these antics led to anarchy across Piltover, many simply brushed it off as a dumb joke that probably came from the chem-punk gangs of Zaun.
Jinx was furious, and hoping to be recognized for her work, decided to make more public appearances, spray-painting "JINX WAS HERE" at every crime scene as a calling card. Rumors quickly began to circulate about a pale, blue-haired Zaunite girl carrying heavy weapons and explosives wreaking havoc throughout the city, and soon the Piltover police caught notice of this crime spree. To stop this dangerous criminal, the Sheriff of Piltover dispatched her powerful new ally: Jinx's own sister Vi, armed with gauntlets and brute force.
As Jinx's reign of mayhem continued, her name became famous throughout both Piltover and Zaun. In Piltover, she was regarded as a lunatic; a criminal who should be dealt with accordingly for her reckless endangerment of the city. But in Zaun, many regarded Jinx as a hero for sticking it to the upper-classes of Piltover. Still, many Zaunites were left worried that Jinx was creating an unnecessary escalation of tensions between the two cities, and feared that her actions could invite the retribution of the Piltover police in the streets of Zaun.
Jinx didn't care about any of this, for she was only interested in getting Vi's attention. To answer Vi's search, Jinx sent a spray-painted message for her at the walls of the Ecliptic Vaults: at a specified date in the future, Jinx would break into the treasury, and Vi wouldn't be able to stop the robbery.
Vi was skeptical that Jinx would even have the guts to show up on the date with the entire police force waiting, but nonetheless she and Sheriff Caitlyn dispatched their best officers to guard the vault doors. But what they didn't realize was that Jinx had already smuggled herself in the vaults days earlier, and by the time Vi realized the trick it was too late, as the vaults exploded to rubble and Jinx was had gotten away yet again.
To this day, Jinx remains the thorn in the side of Vi and Caitlyn, inspiring other chem-punk troublemakers across Zaun and constantly wreaking havoc wherever she goes. As the crimes pick up more steam, Vi doesn't know if she will be able to keep up, and Jinx relishes every moment of that.
In game, Jinx is a marksman-type character, dealing high damage from the back lines. Her passive, Get Excited, increases her movement and attack speed dramatically whenever she kills a large enemy in a hyperactive adrenaline rush. With Switcheroo, Jinx can swap between her minigun and rocket launcher to change her basic attacks, utilizing the different parts of her arsenal. With Zap, Jinx shoots and stuns enemies with a shock pistol, and with Flame Chompers, Jinx throws snare grenades that explode on contact. Her ultimate, Super Mega Death Rocket, launches a long-range missile that can fly anywhere on the map and explodes on impact.
Pow-Pow: A pink minigun with rabbit ears.
Fishbones: A shark-mouthed rocket launcher.
Zapper: An electric shock pistol.
Chompers: Chemtech snare grenades that can trap enemies in place and light them on fire after exploding.
Super Mega Death Rocket: A long-range missile that explodes on contact.
Mister Sparkles: A hextech cannon that Jinx powered with Heimerdinger's stolen hextech core, and is currently missing in the Northside Heap of Zaun.
Three, forty-one, nine... and lift off!
~ Jinx riding her rocket launcher into the sky.
Criminally insane, Jinx has a love for wanton chaos, destruction, and anarchy, and gets easily bored if these reckless urges are left unsatisfied for too long. Jinx isn't shown to think much about the consequences of her behavior and generally acts before thinking, which can lead to people getting hurt easily when around Jinx. While she is clearly a gifted inventor, Jinx is also extremely scatterbrained, forgetting scientific terms and instead imitating gun noises while she constructs her weapons.
Jinx is often portrayed to be hyperactive and very childish, complaining when she doesn't get what she wants and calling others by immature names, giving Vi nicknames such as "Fat-Hands" and "Stupid". With her carefree, self-centered attitude, Jinx doesn't care about money, order, or what others think about her and just destroys what she wants when she wants. Despite this, she still likes to get recognition for her many crimes and is capable of showing off to the Piltover police, knowing that no matter what goes down, she will always get away.
Despite her immature and silly demeanor, Jinx is still a significant force of evil and malice, even if in her crazed mind she sees it as a game. She murders indiscriminately and without a second's hesitation, causes mass destruction regularly, and if her dreams are anything to go by, also harbors a desire for the complete destruction of everyone and everything. Jinx has killed countless people, either directly murdering them herself or indirectly as collateral from all the chaos and havoc she causes. She is also possibly directly responsible for the failing of peaceful relations between Piltover and Zaun, having singlehandedly exterminated the Piltover Council. The only person Jinx has shown any kind of friendship towards is Ziggs, and even then this is because she believes the Yordle is merely a fragment of her imagination.
In the past, Jinx used to have a good relationship with her sister Vi, but they had conflicts that turned violent. Remembering those thoughts filled her with resentment and rage towards Vi, to the point of breaking down in tears. It is further revealed that she already had mental problems when she was young, such as paranoia and a fear of abandonment, which were only further amplified by a chain of events, namely Vi leaving her, Silco's death and Singed experiments on her.
Jinx: Why did you leave me?! Vi: Because you are a Jinx! Do you hear me? Mylo was right!
~ Jinx with Vi.
I'm a helpless little girl, and I've set the building on fire, by accident. TOTALLY BY ACCIDENT.
~ Jinx's trap at the capitol, which kills several enforcers.
He was like a brother to you, and he turned his back. Blah, blah, blah... Did I miss anything?
~ Jinx to Silco.
I feel like you and I got off on the wrong arm. Maybe we should try the other.
~ Jinx to the tied-up Sevika.
Things changed when you left. I changed.
~ Jinx to Vi.
Why would I remember her name? Well, she's just some stupid topsider!
~ Jinx thinking about Caitlyn.
I thought maybe you could love me like you used to. Even though I'm... different. But you changed too. So... Here's to the new us.
~ Jinx embraces her new identity.
Jinx is the archenemy of Vi, the Piltover Enforcer.
They were often speculated to be long-lost sisters, which was confirmed in Arcane.
She is also enemies with Caitlyn, blaming the Sheriff for Vi leaving Zaun, and by extension, her.
In a poll in 2018, female participants ranked Jinx as "The most visually appealing champion in League."