World Of Warcraft's Greatest Meme 'Leeroy Jenkins' Has Turned 15 Years Old
If you're unfamiliar with this iconic meme then sit back, relax, and let us take you on an exciting adventure.
World of Warcraft, the fourth instalment in the Warcraft franchise, came out in 2004. A year later, a video was released which has since settled in YouTube and meme history.
It shows a bunch of users, known as the Pals for Life clan, talking about a very complex battle strategy before launching their next encounter.
When we say complex, one of the characters even says they have a 32.333 percent chance of survival - the tactics were THAT specific.
The character of Leeroy Jenkins was there, but his human user Ben Shultz was apparently away from his computer and missed the detailed war plan. He came back unaware of the plot and charged in like a boss, but not before yelling his name in an incredibly funny way.
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The video went viral and has since been viewed million of times.
The footage reached executives at World of Warcraft and they decided he should be honoured. He was featured in the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game in 2006 and was made into a figurine two years later.
Not only that, but World of Warcraft created an achievement called 'Leeeeeeeeeeeeeroy!' which awards the title of 'Jenkins' to players who kill 50 of the rookery whelps within 15 seconds.
Despite all this, one of the Pals for Life team actually admitted in 2017 that the video was staged, adding that they didn't expect anyone to think it was real.
Ben Vinson, the 'cameraman' for the video, told Kotaku: "We didn't think anyone would believe it was real, we thought it was so obviously satire, but we were wrong."
Recalling the clip's overnight fame, Vinson continued: "We woke up the next morning and our friend had a nasty email from his ISP about having to shut down his server due to too much bandwidth usage, and at that point the video was already everywhere, it was out of our hands."
Though it may have been staged, the clip is still bloody hilarious and will continue to be praised as one of the earliest Internet memes.
Featured Image Credit: YouTube/World of Warcraft