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The Leeroy Jenkins video is a World of Warcraft video that was made in 2005 and posted in the WOW forum in a thread titled "UBRS (vid) ROOKERY OVERPOWERED! blue please," which jokingly presented the video in a serious context. It has since become an Internet phenomenon that has become a part of This Very Wiki in the form of a trope named in his honor. The video is a staged one, though the creators from the guild "PALS FOR LIFE" maintain that it was based on an actual incident.
In this video, a "PALS FOR LIFE" raid group is making plans for clearing out the Rookery area of the Upper Blackrock Spire, a ten-player raid instance in the Blackrock Mountain zone. The area in question contains a large number of eggs being watched over by dragonspawn, and if one gets too close to the eggs, they will hatch into baby dragons called Rookery Whelps, and if too many of them spawn, they can quickly overwhelm a group, which is why careful planning is needed to take the room on. The main reason the group are at the Rookery is because Leeroy, one of the two paladins of the group, needs a Devout Mantle, a piece of cloth armor that the others say will help him heal better, off Solakar Flamewreath, the Rookery's main boss.
As the group are making their plans to take on the boss, Leeroy's player is away from his keyboard heating up some fried chicken. The plan that they come up with involves gathering all the whelps into one spot so the mages (Ritter, Spiffy and Therien) can blast them all down with their AOE attacks, while the warriors (Anfrony, Basphemy and Jamaal) use their shout skills to scatter them so that they don't have to fight too many of them at once, and the paladins (Chrisym and Leeroy) use their Divine Intervention ability on the mages to protect them while they AOE. The group then asks Abduhl, one of the two rogues of the party, for a "number crunch," and he comes up with a "32.33 (repeating of course)" percentage of survival. To which the raid leader replies "Okay, that's a lot better than we usually do."
It is at this point that Leeroy returns. With no knowledge or regard to the plan that his group has just made and ready to kick ass, he charges blindly and solo into the Rookery with his now-famous warcry of "LEEROY JENKINS!" The group are at first a little stunned at Leeroy's move, but quickly rush in to save their errant comrade with a cry of "stick to the plan!" But by this time, Leeroy has managed to draw aggro from nearly every mob in the room, and the party is quickly overwhelmed. Leeroy and Chrisym use Divine Intervention on two of the mages, Spiffy and Therien, who soon find that they cannot use their AOEs or other abilities because Divine Intervention won't let them ("I don't think you can cast with that shit on!"). Meanwhile, everyone else is dealing with the eggs respawning and dumping even more whelps upon them, and it isn't long before people start dying. Jamaal, the first to die to the whelps, is the first to blame Leeroy for what's happening ("God damn it, Leeroy!"), and this is quickly echoed by the others except for Leeroy, who cries, "It's not my fault!"
As the last party member falls, everyone notices that their Soulstone buffs have expired, preventing them from resurrecting and rejoining the instance. As the video draws to a close, Abduhl says, "Leeroy, you are just stupid as hell." Leeroy's response has become a Catch Phrase in itself: "...At least I have chicken."
This video provides examples of
- Ascended Meme: See the Leeroy Jenkins page for details.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Leeroy
- Battle Cry: Do you really need to ask?
- The Berserker: Leeroy
- Catch Phrases: "LEEROY JENKINS!" and "At least I have chicken."
- Didn't Think This Through: The raid group's plan at the start of the vid was doomed from the start, even without what Leeroy did (Abduhl says himself that at best only 33% of the party will likely survive the battle). Fear rotation isn't helpful in the Rookery due to the respawning eggs, and scattering the whelps will only keep them off you for a few seconds and will potentially bring even more of them to bear on you. Also, Divine Intervention is completely wasted on spellcasters, rendering them unable to cast and putting a character with the ability to tank and heal out of action in the process. The group discovers this themselves during the battle at the worst possible time resulting in the group effectively killing half their team by accident (Leeroy and Chrisym sacrifice themselves to activate Divine Intervention while rendering the mages basically defenseless against the whelps).
- Hilarity Ensues: The result of Leeroy running into the Rookery.
- Leeroy Jenkins: The Trope Namer
- Large Ham: LEEROY JENKINS!!!!!
- Ludicrous Precision: Abduhl's "number crunch," which cites a "32.33 repeating" chance of surviving the Rookery run—which is really nonsense and is most likely meant to parody "nerd guilds" who overuse meaningless statistics.
- Never My Fault: Those who blame Leeroy for the whole thing see his cry of "It's not my fault!" as this. But those who know the plan was doomed to failure regardless of Leeroy's actions can conclude that the wipe was only partly his fault—the rest of it lies upon the others for executing an extremely faulty plan without thinking through the consequences.
- The movie: An independent short film was made based off this with the scenario changed to a gang planning a bank heist that gets ruined when Leeroy rushes in prematurely. Unlike the source in this version the rest of the gang wisely backs away.
- The Paladin: Leeroy and Chrisym
- Senseless Sacrifice/Stupid Sacrifice: Leeroy and Chrisym's use of Divine Intervention.
- A Simple Plan: The raid group's plan to take on the boss of the Rookery, which is quickly ruined by...
- Spanner in the Works: Leeroy
- This Is Gonna Suck: "Oh my god, he just ran in."
- Total Party Kill: The whelps and other mobs killed everyone except Leeroy and Chrisym, the two paladins, who had already sacrificed their lives to use Divine Intervention on Spiffy and Therien.