Web Video: Leeroy Jenkins Video
aka: Leeroy Jenkins
Alright chums, let's describe this video. LEEROY... JEEEEEENNNNKKKIIIINNSS!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 players are speaking to each other via voice over Internet). The area in question contains a large number of eggs being watched over by dragonspawn; 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 Area of Effect 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 AOEnote . 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 Jamaal, who is 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. Chrisym (and Leeroy behind-the-scenes) uses Divine Intervention on two of the mages, Spiffy and Therien, who soon find that they cannot use their crowd-clearing Area of Effect spells 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 as Leeroy 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."For more info on the vid, see the Wowpedia article. For those who actually want to see the video, YouTube has you covered.
This video provides examples of:
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: At this point in WoW's history, it was downright common for healers, no matter their class, to wear cloth pieces. It's less common now because of in-game bonuses given to players who wear pieces of only their "preferred" armor class, as well as better itemization.
- Paladins today that didn't play back in those days might not even know what Divine Intervention is. That spell has long since been removed from the game. It was a spell that would instantly kill the paladin, while making another character completely immune to all attacks for 2-3 minutes (that character would also be unable to move or attack themselves). The ACTUAL use of this spell - if you were about to wipe, a paladin would cast it on a healer, or some other class that could resurrect, so the group wouldn't have to release and run back. Raids at the time had rapidly respawning trash so this was very beneficial and would save a lot of time.
- Ascended Meme: Leeroy has been referenced several times in WoW's history, and in Warlords of Draenor, you can help the character (voiced by the man himself!) finally get his devout shoulders. Said quest involves him cooking chicken and encouraging you to formulate a plan that is "mathematically flawless!" during a time limit, after which he charges in and draws every enemy you haven't killed yet.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Leeroy jumps in sword swinging.
- Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: Look closely and you can see him making a break for the door.
- Battle Cry: "LEEROY JENKINS!"
- The Berserker: Leeroy, again, for charging in without a thought.
- Catch Phrases: "LEEROY JENKINS!" and "At least I have chicken."
- Complexity Addiction: The guild as a whole appears to prefer making battle plans that are more complicated than necessary.
- Critical Research Failure: Invoked. The team's "plan" involves shielding their mages with Divine Intervention while they cast crowd-clearing AOE spells on the whelps. There's two big problems with this. First, the paladin who casts Divine Intervention immediately dies, putting a character who can tank and heal out of the fight. The second is that Divine Intervention isn't just a shield; it locks the target out of combat entirely, meaning they can't cast any spells or affect enemies at all. In addition, the other part of The Plan (involving fear rotation on the part of the warriors) isn't very useful in the Rookery due to the respawning eggs, only keeping the whelps off them for a few seconds before dumping even more of them onto the party.
- Disaster Dominoes: The raid in a nutshell following Leeroy's dramatic entrance, though it bears repeating that PALS FOR LIFE were going to fail miserably no matter what they did.
- Failure Is the Only Option: As noted above, the party was doomed by their own plan, even before Leeroy got everyone killed.
- Hilarity Ensues: The result of Leeroy running into the Rookery.
- If My Calculations Are Correct: Spoofed with Abduhl's number crunch, which has no real math to back it up.
- I Like Those Odds: Jamaal, after being told the party's chances of survival. He notes that the odds are better than usual, which says a lot considering that Abduhl estimated (at best) a 32.33% chance of survival.
- Incoming Ham: The moment Leeroy cuts into Jamaal's speech, you know something's about to go down.Leeroy Jenkins: "All right chums, I'm back! Let's do this!"
- Karma Houdini: Leeroy runs back out the door after drawing agro from all the monsters, slipping past his group to safetynote .
- Leeroy Jenkins: The Trope Namer... and Destroyer of Philosophies!!
- Large Ham: LEEROY JENKINS!!!!!
- Ludicrous Precision: Abduhl's "number crunch," cites a "32.33 repeating" chance of surviving the Rookery run.
- Never My Fault: Those who blame Leeroy for the whole thing see his cry of "It's not my fault!" as this.
- On the other side of the coin, Jamaal repeatedly chastises Leeroy and blames the entire mess on him, even though the plan he came up was doomed from the start.
- Oh Crap!: "Stick to the plan, chums, stick to the—!" The heavy breathing sound on the mic that follows comes off like a Record Needle Scratch.
- The Paladin: Leeroy and Chrisym are in this class; warriors who can cast Divine Intervention.
- The Plan: The first half of the video is PALS FOR LIFE describing their intricate plan for dealing with the eggs of the Rookery; a session which Leeroy is absent from and cares nothing about.
- Say My Name: Come on everybody: LEEROOOOY JEEENNNKIIINS!
- Senseless Sacrifice/Stupid Sacrifice: Leeroy's and Chrisym's use of Divine Intervention is both stupid and senseless for reasons outlined in the above Research Failure.
- The rest of the group's choosing to intervene at all is also this, since if they had not followed Leeroy into the room, none of them would have died and they could have revived Leeroy (or not) at their leisure. An experienced raid group knows better than to pull without the raid leader's say-so, and to let anyone who tries it die.
- A Simple Plan: Part of the point and humor of the video is that PALS FOR LIFE's plan is too complicated and too stupid to work.
- Spanner in the Works: Leeroy ruins the guild's carefully made plan by running in with his famous battle cry.
- Stupid Statement Dance Mix: Of course.
- The Team: PALS FOR LIFE is a ten player raiding party.
- This Is Gonna Suck: (beat) "Oh my God, he just ran in." "Shit! Save him! Save him!" Things snowballed from there.
- Total Party Kill: The whelps and other mobs killed everyone except Leeroy Jenkins himself. He managed to "kite" the whelps into his team and slip out the door, but returned to cast Divine Intervention. Spiffy and Therien, shielded by Leeroy's and Chrisym's Divine Intervention spells, were the true survivors.
- Unbuilt Trope: Leeroy may have hastened their defeat, but if they had followed The Plan as stated they would have lost anyway.