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->''"You insult me -- me who used to give courses in advanced Leprechaunology."''
-->-- '''Finian''', ''Theatre/FiniansRainbow''

Leprechauns are creatures from {{Oireland}}, who are often portrayed completely unlike the Irish legends on them.

[[Myth/CelticMythology Irish myth]] agrees on these basic points: They're the size of children [[LittleGreenMen and favour green clothing]] ([[BringMyRedJacket when they don't wear red]]). Leprechauns can become invisible, but if you happen to see one, catch him quick and make him tell you where his pot of gold is hidden (they all have one...[[InexplicableTreasureChests for some reason]]). If you take your eye off him for even a moment though, he'll vanish again and you'll never find him. The Leprechaun is a tricky creature and will do his very best to wriggle out of showing you his gold. He isn't necesserily malicious but he doesn't appreciate being bullied either, so if you get a wish out of him, BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor because he may well pull a JackassGenie on you.

They are presumed to be flawed offspring of TheFairFolk with some kind of genetic defect because [[OneGenderRace they're all male]]. They tend to work as shoemakers for the rest of TheFairFolk and have a fascination with shining and repairing shoes. If you pay a Leprechaun to shine your shoes, these shoes will always bring you good luck.

In fiction, they usually have a NiceHat, often with a buckle and/or a shamrock on it.

The most remarkable thing about Leprechauns is that they are practically the ''only'' Irish fairies you see in fiction (with the possible exception of the [[OurBansheesAreLouder Banshee]], who is more often lumped with TheUndead), despite hundreds of other types. Ironically this overuse (and {{Flanderization}}) has led to Leprechauns pretty much becoming a DiscreditedTrope in Ireland itself (outside of tourist gift shops, that is).

OurFairiesAreDifferent is the SuperTrope.



* Lucky the Leprechaun, the mascot of Lucky Charms cereal. To him, his cereal is his pot of gold (which kids are always chasing him over) and he uses magic over rainbows to create and change the cereal's colorful marshmallows.
* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yxbnofxmcx0 this commercial]], leprechauns follow a rainbow to the Keebler tree and find Rainbow Chips Deluxe cookies.
* The mascot of Notre Dame "Fighting Irish" football team is a tough-looking leprechaun putting his dukes up.

* ''Medieval Comicbook/{{Spawn}}''[=/=]''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}'' #2 (June 1996):
-->'''Stalker''': "I ''hate'' leprechauns. They give the Irish a bad name, with all that old crap about fairy rings and the mystic land of Erin and that ''bloody ridiculous accent''... Hundreds of years from now, I bet people'll still be expecting us Micks to ponce around eating spuds and waiving [sic] four-leafed clovers, and saying "Top o' the mornin' to ye'". Two words, Katarina: ''Not me''.
** Next page he [[KickTheDog stomps]] on the leprechaun.
* This trope would not be complete without the leprechauns in ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'', who started out as TheThemeParkVersion - [-[[TankGoodness With Tanks]]-]. By the time they make a HeelFaceTurn, they've moved on to [[MobileSuitHuman "Humongous" Mecha]], like "[[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Vaultron]]", made out of [[CombiningMecha combining robot shoes]]. And now things have proceeded to {{Ninja}} {{Pirate}} Leprechauns ([[NinjaPirateZombieRobot yes]]) with a {{Magitek}} MobileSuitHuman of their own...
* The [[CharacterTitle title character]] of ''Fiddle O'Diddle'' is a leprechaun who is constantly trying to keep his pot of gold safe from the desperate Muldoon.
* In Franchise/TheDCU, the Irish superhero Jack O'Lantern, of the Global Guardians, had a leprechaun sidekick.
* SabrinaTheTeenageWitch has dealt with leprechauns a time or two. Other than slightly pointed ears and a thick {{Oirish}} accent, they can easily pass for human. Heather O'Malley is one that tries to come between her and Harvey.
* In ''ComicBook/WormwoodGentlemanCorpse'', leprechauns are depraved, ultraviolent, stereotypically Irish, little monsters. Leprechaun fighting is the magical equivalent of dogfighting, and Wormwood thinks that they probably deserve worse.

* The Disney Channel film ''Film/TheLuckOfTheIrish'' has leprechauns who fire magical blasts at each other, live for centuries, and shrink down to doll-size if their lucky talismans are stolen.
** And [[Series/{{Psych}} Tim Omundson]].
* ''Film/DarbyOGillAndTheLittlePeople''.
* In the movie ''Film/BehindTheWaterfall'' the boy Tommy was sure that the old man Mr Conners was one. Unfortunatlly for him, he was eventually proven wrong.
* There is even a ''Film/{{Leprechaun}}'' series of horror films, starring ''Willow'''s Warwick Davis, currently up to six entries. Including ''[[Film/Leprechaun4InSpace Leprechaun 4]]: [-[[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]]-]'' Followed by ''Film/LeprechaunInTheHood'' and ''Film/LeprechaunBack2ThaHood''. AGAIN.
* 1995 movie ''Leapin' Leprechauns!'' and it sequel ''Spellbreaker: Secret of the Leprechauns'', as the title implies, follow all the basic lore on leprechauns and fairies.
* In ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted'', Leprechauns are the security guards at the Irish National Bank. Unfortunately, they were watching the Muppets' performance when Constantine and Dominic broke into the bank. They later expressed relief that the thieves weren't interested in their pot of gold.

* The fourth ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' book had a RunningGag about Christopher making references to how they'd probably be running into leprechauns soon, what with running around in a FantasyKitchenSink world. It culminated on the very last page.
* The ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' Series' Leprechauns are nothing more than an underground (literally) police force: [[FunWithAcronyms L.E.P. (Lower Elements Police) Recon.]] Lampshaded, when Short remembers the embarrassing uniforms they used to wear centuries ago that led to their often-attributed attire.
* "Tales of the White Street Society" by Grady Hendrix is a horror take on this. The Pseudopod horror podcast has a dramatic reading of it [[http://pseudopod.org/2008/02/08/pseudopod-76-tales-of-the-white-street-society/ here]]. (Warning: ''not'' safe for work!)
* The novel ''Literature/AmericanGods'' claims that Leprechauns are actually tall, and that the whole "little people" thing was a bit of an Irish joke. The one leprechaun in the book, Mad Sweeney, is described as a big, barrel-chested, rough-housing drunk.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' had Leprechauns as the Irish World Cup Quidditch Team mascots, who are incredibly incendiary toward the opposing team. Starting with pointing and laughing, then culminating in giving the other team the finger and resulting in the other team's mascots (more or less harpies) kicking the shit out of them. Yup. Also, they could apparently create gold at will... but it vanished in a few hours.
* A very dark version shows up briefly, but ''memorably'', in Roger Zelazny's ''Chronicles of Amber'' series.
* In the story "Crash" in ''[[Literature/TheModernFaesGuideToSurvivingHumanity The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity]]'', a Wall Street trader meets an old man in a pub who tells of how he found a leprechaun [[TheGreatDepression in 1937]] and was conned into accepting three wishes instead of the leprechaun's meager fortune--[[JerkassGenie every wish backfired horribly]]. Soon after, she follows a rainbow to the end of Wall Street and discovers the leprechaun, who turns out to be her boss at the trading firm; he's been rebuilding his wealth since the '30s. Indeed, the trader demands gold instead of wishes, but makes out with millions in bearer bonds instead. Unfortunately, a leprechaun's fortune is magically tied to that of his country, and the last time this particular leprechaun had his wealth stolen was in 1929...
* The antagonists of Literature/ForestOfBolandLightRailway are referred to as leprechauns, but they are actually goblins or orcs.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* As a RunningGag, Leprechauns are the only fantasy monster that ''doesn't'' exist in the [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffyverse]].
* The ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' spin-off TV series included an episode that subverted Leprechauns twice; the first time, by featuring a fake Leprechaun who turned out to be a midget crook with special effects, who was unmasked by Wayne. Then, just as the ScoobyDoo mystery was unveiled, REAL Leprechauns appeared, who looked NOTHING like the stereotype, and instead looked like humans in black coats, speaking in a genuine Irish accent. They punished the crooked impersonator, then responded to Wayne's inquiry as to the true nature of their technology by disappearing with the message "It's Magic!"
* ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' has an episode with a visiting leprechaun. Oddly enough, he's from Darrin's family rather than Samantha's.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'' has an episode in which a leprechaun is captured by three boys while vacationing in America. He grants each of them a wish (all of which [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor backfire comically]]) before being set free.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'', of all things, featured a woman who ''thought'' she was a leprechaun. Not true, but kind of fun while it lasted.
* Encountered several times on ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', first being saved from the MonsterOfTheWeek, then in later appearences assisting in the good fight, usually by Buffing the luck of the heroes. Their duty is to spead luck around, both good and bad.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' has the Leprechaun Grill, where [[spoiler: the staff are just dressed up as leprechauns, and they keep one actual leprechaun in a box. Because Corporate demanded they had one to make it look real.]]
* The TV miniseries ''Film/MagicalLegendOfTheLeprechauns'' features both the traditional leprechauns (sometimes referred to as solitary fairies) and the winged Trooping Fairies. The leprechauns are your traditional redheaded green-suited drunken pranksters and the fairies are elegant guardians of nature (if a bit snooty).
* ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'': "I am ''NOT'' a leprechaun! I am '''ÜBERCHAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNN!!!'''"
* An episode of ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'' had Hoss encounter what he's sure is leprechauns. They were just circus midgets who decided they no longer wanted to deal with their manager.
* ''Series/AmericanGods2017'': Mad Sweeney claims to be one despite him and Shadow both being big guys and lacking an accent. He's got a lot of the traits in common including red hair and doing tricks with gold coins. He's also got the stereotypical Irish traits including drinking, loving to fight, and has a hell of a temper.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Launcelot [=McSnoyd=] in ''ComicStrip/{{Barnaby}}''.

* One appears on the "Pot of Gold" table in ''VideoGame/EpicPinball''.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{WWE}} has been trotting out a "leprechaun" named Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} on its programming for some time now. He's currently being heavily featured since being recently revealed to be the illegitimate son of one Vincent Kennedy [=McMahon=]. Yes, folks, this did take home the 2008 Website/{{WrestleCrap}} Gooker Award for worst storyline of the year. Oh, and it turns out Hornswoggle ''wasn't'' Mr. [=McMahon's=] son after all. And he was the last Cruiserweight champ.
** It wasn't that bad at first. When Finlay was working as a heel, a green light began to eminate from beneath the ring. He lifted up the apron, and a leprechaun scrambled out and began attacking his opponent before scurrying back to his hiding space (sometimes tossing Finlay a shilelagh). He was only referred to as "That Little Bastard". This was repeated in every match, until the revelation came that he was really (not really) Vince's bastard son.
** Of course he's hugely over with the live crowds to the point when, on the 1/25/10 episode of RAW, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels stated Hornswoggle had the week off, the crowd booed. LOUDLY.
* Believe it or not, there was yet another pro wrestling example... The Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom, a stable filled with really bad "[[WrestlingMonster monster]]"-type characters in Wrestling/{{WCW}}, had a member named Braun the Leprechaun, who was about 4 feet tall and went around biting people. He lasted about a month.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The tabletop RPG ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'' has the Clurichaun, mischief makers with ties to Ireland who ''hate'' to be called leprechauns. In mythology, cluricahauns are similar to leprechauns...but drunk.
* Leprechauns were included in the 1st and 2nd editions of the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' game, then disappeared from the system when 3E came out before returning in 4th Edition. The Basic/Expert/etc system, in contrast, detailed their role in fairy society in ''Tall Tales of the Wee Folk''.
* An old ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' supplement suggests that they are a race specially created after a wizard feud left a powerful spellcaster, having previously developed a taste in expensive clothing, with an inability to wear the same article of clothing twice. The suggestion furthers that there were other races, each dedicated to creating a separate type of clothing, of which leprechauns are the only one remaining.
* {{TabletopGame/Pathfinder}} [[https://www.d20pfsrd.com/bestiary/monster-listings/fey/leprechaun/ has them]]. They check off most of the traditional boxes; small fairy people who like a drink, love gold, wear green, and are tricky without being overly malicious. They have magical abilities (mostly illusions), and can't grant wishes but might claim they can if there's a chance of swindling some gold out of someone.

* In ''Theatre/FiniansRainbow'', Og the leprechaun has been gradually turning into a mortal ever since Finian took his crock of gold. After ThreeWishes are made on the gold, it turns to dross.

* The [[TheFairFolk Fey]] faction in the ''VideoGame/WarlordsBattlecry'' series has leprechauns as one of the basic units. They have a weak attack, but they're easy to spam, and each one increases your gold income.
* In ''VideoGame/NetHack'', leprechauns can be GoddamnedBats because they steal your gold and then instantly teleport away, unless you know the easy way to keep them from teleporting: [[spoiler:don't have any gold]].
* In ''{{VideoGame/Rogue}}'', also appear in ''[=Nethack=]'''s predecessor, Leprechauns steal your gold and instantly disappear, but leave behind large amounts of gold if killed (the trick is to engage them with ranged weapons).
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfMajEyal'', they not only steal your gold and teleport away, but they also breed explosively. So if you happen to encounter them on a level, ''run''.
* The Halflings of ''VideoGame/AgeOfWonders'' use Leprechauns as their most powerful unit, which are actually rate the status-they're naturally invisible on the world map, have respectable melee abilities and a ranged attack, and are exceedingly frustrating to attack due to their superior defensive abilities. Oh, and they do magical damage, which is the hardest damage type to get protection against.
* In ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic III'', most of the maps feature a spot where a leprechaun dances in perpetuity (you can even hear the [[EarWorm music]]), to which the player can go to shake the guy down for cash once per game week. One wonders why he doesn't move along after awhile.
** ''Heroes IV'' had them as actual troops... who vanish into their hats when they die. Often cited as the most useless creature in the game in contrast to the above, despite their ability to cast the "Fortune" spell (hey, at least peasants pay taxes).
* Leprechauns where one of the many different types of Fairies you could collect in ''Videogame/ShiningTheHolyArk''. You would release them just before a battle and if the enemy came up from the ground they would cause damage dependent on how many you've caught.
* ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'' is somewhat of a subversion, since all leprechaun activities are actually Mr. Mxyzptlk.

* In ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'', leprechauns are always responsible for sending Wonderella and Wonderita to different times and places as the they try to get the leprechauns' gold.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Thog dresses as a leprechaun ([[NoodleImplements for some unexplained reason]]) while escaping from Cliffport with Elan.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', as part of its ongoing effort to appear on every single page in this wiki, has recently confirmed that the green-skinned Felt are from a homosexual species known as leprechauns. To make it even more absurd, the symbols of their various forms of romance are based on Lucky Charms.
* In the ''Webcomic/FairyDust'' farming operation this webcomic is named after, Leprechauns are involved for their kinship with the fairfolk, that makes them immune to fairy dust.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* WebVideo/LiamTheLeprechaun. Originally a ''[[http://www.youtube.com/user/wickedawesomefilms Wicked Awesome Films]]'' character, he made a guest appearance in ''WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange'' episode ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JO0-WCEOw4 Luck o' the Irish]]'', trying to get his pot of gold back from Orange in exchange for three wishes. Liam was so popular that he was {{Transplant}}ed to the cast of ''The Annoying Orange'' and even got [[http://www.youtube.com/user/leprechaun a series of his own]].
* Theatre/TheLeagueOfSTEAM encounter one in their award-winning webisode, "Fool's Gold".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' Porky Pig short "The Wearing of the Grin".
* Dez, the main character of ''WesternAnimation/Wishfart'' is this. A teenager,who Despite he can grant wishes with his "magic Finger".[[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch Secretly Regrets being one of them, and does not want "follow tradition"]]
* The very last Droopy cartoon was titled "Droopy Leprechaun", which revolved around a MistakenForAliens / MistakenForMurderer "plot".
* A leprechaun has made a couple of appearances in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', most notably the "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror" segment "Hex and the City", in which Homer has to capture it to break the gypsy curse. It also tells Ralph Wiggum to burn things in "This Little Wiggy".
** In a St Patrick's Day parade that turns into a massive brawl, two leprachauns, [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles one in green, one in orange]] are seen enthusiastically beating seven kinds out of each other.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' epic "Imaginationland" begins with Cartman betting Kyle that leprechauns are real; [[spoiler:Kyle loses]].
* An episode of ''Moville Mysteries'' featured a leprechaun who at first seems good, but is later revealed to [[AndIMustScream have a habit of turning those who try to steal his gold into wood]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MartinMystery'' also once featured an evil leprechaun.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLittles'', Dinky Little wants to find leprechauns, and his young cousins offer him "tips" to make fun of him. During the course of following their advice, Dinky is caught by an Irishman looking for leprechauns, mistaking his prize for one.
* The transformation teacher in ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', professor Wizgiz, is a leprechaun through and through.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', Johnny tried desperately to kiss a leprechaun named Barney Stone because, due to a silly misunderstanding, he thought it would make him irresistible to chicks. After an extensive chase, Johnny caught Barney, who granted his wish in exchange for ''not'' being kissed... which led to Johnny being [[LiteralGenie swarmed by poultry]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', Timmy meets a leprechaun in one episode. It tells Wanda (in rhyme) that Cosmo bet her in a contest.
** In another episode, he encounter a trio of rough and scruffy leprechauns who wanted their pot of gold back after Cosmo took it to give to Mr Crocker who thought he was a leprechaun after Crocker switched from hunting fairies to leprechauns. ItsALongStory.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E3LuckOTheDucks Luck 'O' the Ducks]]", When Scrooge and 'the gang' went to Ireland. These leprechauns ''really'' didn't like thieves or intruders, and almost dumped the group into their snake pit; fortunately, when the king found out that they had been invited by another leprechaun (even though the guy was a SnakeOilSalesman that none of them liked) he figured he [[SacredHospitality really couldn't do that]]. (Curiously, this group of leprechauns ''did'' include females.)
* Used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' where they meet one who asks for their help to defeat a [[OurBansheesAreLouder banshee]].
* A cartoon featuring Music/TheBeatles had the band go to Ireland and meet a rare female leprechaun. They perform "Do You Want to Know a Secret?" for her.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Mr. Mxyzptlk claims that all the old legends about leprechauns (and genies, imps, and similar creatures) on Earth were actually about ''him''.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha'' was actually about an evil leprechaun named Rick O'Shea who constantly pestered the main character because his name sounded exactly the same and it was ruining his evil reputation.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'' involved a wicked leprechaun hunting down [[SinsOfOurFathers the descendants of the men who imprisoned him]] to recover the gold they took from him to feed immigrants.
* Michael was the Smurf Forest's resident leprechaun in ''TheSmurfs''. Also Greedy briefly became one in a Season 9 episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum'' get a Lucky Expy in the episode "Lucky Chumps"
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', Plucky and Hampton (who are selling novelty shop items door to door) help drive a nasty {{banshee}} out of a castle belonging to a clan of leprechauns. (In a curious twist, most of the episode focuses on the banshee, the leprechauns only showing up in person at the end.)
* A ''WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost'' cartoon had Caspar go to Ireland where he met a little boy who was sure Casper was a leprechaun. Casper decided to play along since at least the boy wasn't running away screaming like most people.
* An ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' episode has a pair of diminutive (but fully human) M.A.D. agents disguising themselves as leprechauns to spearhead Dr. Claw's plan to steal the Blarney Stone. In the end, their defeat is implied to be covertly assisted by ''real'' leprechauns
* The ''[[WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker Woody Woodpecker]]'' short "His Better Elf" features a leprechaun that resembles a tiny green version of Woody who speaks with an Irish brogue. After offering our hero [[ThreeWishes three wishes]], it proceeds to grant them in the [[JerkassGenie worst possible ways.]] Woody uses his third wish to get rid of the imp by [[spoiler: telling it to [[DraggedOffToHell "go to blazes]]!"]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLeprechaunsChristmasGold'' is a ChristmasSpecial featuring leprechauns, made by the same animators that made ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer''. It's an okay story about a young boy protecting a hospitable leprechaun community's gold from an evil banshee, but it was never very popular. (Probably because Christmas just isn't the holiday where one thinks about them...)
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'', leprechauns are actually about six feet tall and dress and act like {{New Age Retro Hippie}}s. [[ItMakesSenseInContext (Yes, really.)]]
* In a St. Patrick's Day episode of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', Jade dresses up as a leprechaun to get some info out of some guys at a pub, threatening to put a hex on them if they don't talk. It backfires because they chase after her, thinking "he'll" lead them to "his" pot of gold.
* Leprechauns are a rather common sight in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong''. Jake once even rescues one Leprechaun's pot o' gold, in another episode several magical creatures are caught by the Huntsclan - among them, one (very unlucky) leprechaun.
* In TeenTitansGo the Titans are seeking leprechaun gold to break a curse brought on by pinching someone not wearing green on St Patrick's Day. Rainbows are generated by TrueLovesKiss between leprechauns and they put their pot of gold at the end of them. Females have TertiarySexualCharacteristics and apparently Robin is secretly a leprechaun.
* A Leprechaun appears in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' as a childhood friend of Grammi. Unlike other versions the Leprechaun was very friendly, if a little misbehaved.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In the Crichton neighborhood of Mobile, Alabama, a group of [[BlatantLies fine upstanding]] [[DeepSouth citizens]] thought they saw a leprechaun in a tree and soon formed a mob of leprechaun catchers intent upon getting "da gold", creating a media frenzy and casting an unflattering light on Alabamians in general with their antics. This video contains a "sketch" of the leprechaun that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nda_OSWeyn8 appeared on the Alabama evening news]]. To date, the leprechaun remains at large.