// Let me make a few things clear...
(Not that I didn’t expect the blatant flaming, because I did, but eh.)
I am not saying Riot copied detail for detail my character, because very, painfully, obviously they did not. Did you hear them announcing Rhea’s release? NO, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT LITERALLY COPY AND PASTE MY CHARACTER.
THAT IS THE PROBLEM.
Had they done that it would have been all to easy to be like uuuuuuuuuuuh really? Lookie here at this exact duplicate that was shared way before yours was.
The slap in the face is that they DID alter enough that I cannot legally claim they took my character, yet I cannot now attempt to share Rhea with them (therefore they don’t ever have to legally pay me for my design) because the similarities are too great.
Stop using that argument and actually pay attention if you are going to give me feedback, please. D:
I am disappointed in the same way the creators of Vi, Kindred, Aatrox (who have actually talked to me on this matter), and many others are disappointed that Riot took their original characters as inspiration for a spin-off…
Which is fucking awesome, actually.
Minus the fact that they gave no credit whatsoever and acted like the SHIT TON of similarities, even down to the the ~1 ½ years of time apparently needed to develop a character began around the same time the original owners of that character shared them publically.
Simply telling the artists/authors that worked their ass off, or making just a tiny shout-out pointing out that hey, we took inspiration from your character, good job! would have made the difference between each of us flailing around like happy nerds and this. This disappointment that something you have worked so hard on will never be recognized because someone else took it from you without a second glance backwards, and even worse made it impossible to go after them for.
I’m sorry if this all sounds like a rant, but honestly. This isn’t the first time this has been done, and I’m just… tired.
The comparison to Toph isn’t even remotely close to the comparison to Rhea, as Taliyah is not a black-haired, blind child as Toph is, but rather an olive-skinned, light-brown haired and eyed character as Rhea is, both around the same age and body type, even down to the hairstyle (minus that headpiece) is the same. They both served in the Noxian Military to hone their abilities (PLEASE TELL ME THAT IS A COINCIDENCE, TOO, I DARE YOU, AS I KNOW FOR A FACT NOXIANS ARE RACIST AF ALONG WITH THE MOST HATED RACE IN THE LEAGUE COMMUNITY AND THAT WOULD TAKE SOME IMPRESSIVE BALLS TO PULL OFF - NO ONE WOULD THINK OF THAT WITHOUT LOOKING AT MY PAGE), the same exact abilities might I add….