Some lovely examples include my fiance's first adventure into ToC on his mage. I told him specifically and repeatedly that if Icehowl decides he wants to charge you, you best gtfo of the way ASAP, or you can be the cause of the entire raid wiping. He reassured me that he understood completely. So imagine my surprise when the moment Icehowl targetted him, he hit Ice Block. After Icehowl enraged and we barely managed to tranquilize him and heal our tank through the damage, I leveled a very nasty glare at him. To which he responded, "What? I lived."
Until recently, the only way we'd managed to down Loken in heroic Halls of Lightning was if my fiance tanked on his DK, I healed, and we just two manned it. I would sit there bubbling, PoMing, and Binding Heal my way through everything until we FINALLY could take him down, while the three dpsers enjoyed the action view from the floor. He and I found it rather fun, though I doubt the others felt the same.
But by far, the all time best Schadenfreudian Success story I have is our very first defeat of Malygos. I documented it in greater detail previously (as did Fulguralis), but in brief, Malygos died a split second after the last living member of our raid bit the dust. The DoTs finished him off as she fell from her drake - in fact, had she not hit Slow Fall to lengthen the time it took for her face to meet the ground, I don't know if we would have received credit for the kill. Nothing quite like finishing off a boss with every single raid frame touting the grey box of death!
I suppose there are plenty of people who find stories of perfectly executed success much more interesting from a tactical and strategic standpoint, but to be honest, I'm not one of them. Sure, I want to know how to do it properly. But stories of poorly executed strategy combined with epic degrees of self deprecating fail are much more interesting to me. Especially when, in spite of all this and by some random fluke or stroke of luck, the ultimate goal is still accomplished. It's why so many of us enjoy PuG horror stories. It's why I get a lot more interest from people after sharing stories of my failpally - whether it be my attempts at DPS, or even at healing... let's face facts. I play my Paladin more for the fun of failing than anything else, because I just can't seem to get it right. I'm okay with that.
So... what about you? What are some of your best Schadenfreudian Success stories? The times where you were more entertained by all the utter awfulness around you, or where you managed to complete a raid goal by some infinitesimal margin of error? A glitch in the matrix? A lucky and timely last-ditch crit? Share them with me, I love hearing them. Leave them as a comment, or (if you have a blog) write about it there, and leave a comment here to encourage others to read it. After all, the tastiest success is the one that happens in spite of all our efforts!