When I did not know the reference “to the point of calculating a 32.3333% (repeating, of course) chance of survival“, my son pointed me to the World of Warcraft video where “Leeroy Jenkins“ (aka Ben Schulz) became one of the most famous players/characters inWorld of Warcraft. The video was a “World of Warcraft phenomenon”, however, <PALS FOR LIFE>, Leeroy’s guild, admitted that this was a staged promotional video….claiming that it was a faithful reenactment of a true event.
To mark this reference, there are several entries in Urban Dictionary that define a Leeroy Jenkins- as:
“Meaning to do something so bloody wild that you’ll be talked about for months because it was bloody insane. Running into a Boss in a dungeon in World of Warcraft Solo… Taking on mobs of up to 100 all level 55 screaming ‘LEEEEERRROOOOYYY JJJJENNNKKINNSSSS!!!’n.
1: One who does not grasp the concept of caution.
2: One whose success is based purely off relentless aggression and pure luck.
3: One who likes chicken.
4: One whose battle cry consists of their own name.
1: To destroy all hopes of success.
2: To rush headlong into danger without regard to consequences.
3: To satisfy one’s own desires at the expense of all around oneself.
So why care about Leeroy Jenkins?
Because this character has met a standard for pop culture icon….and it’s one watched by the matinee crowd.
His name was the answer for a question about World of Warcraft on the TV game show Jeopardy!