Leeroy Jenkins is easily PC gaming’s most pervasive, long-standing joke. The original video, in which a group of World of Warcraft players prepare to tackle a deadly boss encounter in Upper Black Rock Spire but are undone by the bravado of one of their teammates, has been referenced in books, TV, and was even canonized by Blizzard itself. It’s one of gaming’s first-ever viral videos, and it turns 15 today.

If you haven’t seen the original video, it’s still available on Warcraftmovies.com where it was first uploaded on May 11, 2005, and it’s still just as funny as it was 15 years ago. Leeroy Jenkins is the name of a human paladin who was apart of a raiding guild called Pals for Life. In the video, Leeroy’s teammates are debating how best to approach a difficult boss while Leeroy is AFK. When he returns, Leeroy doesn’t wait for his team—he jumps up and shouts “Let’s do this!” and shouts his own name as a protracted battle cry as he charges into the fight alone. Startled by his sudden attack, Leeroy’s guild scrambles to save him and everyone dies. As his guild begins to chastise him, Leeroy responds “at least I have chicken.”

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