[[caption-width-right:269:"Try as they will, and try as they might, who steals me gold won't live through the night."]]

->''"Your luck just ran out."''
-->-- Original poster tagline

->''"Her luck just ran out."''
-->-- [[BillingDisplacement The tagline for the DVD cover that gave Jennifer Aniston top-billing]]

''[[color:green:Leprechaun]]'' is a 1993 horror-comedy film starring Creator/WarwickDavis as the titular character. A family moves into a rural house and discovers not only a pot of gold, but the rightful owner. The leprechaun will kill any who touches his gold, but has a weakness to wrought iron and four-leaf clovers, which cancel out his magic. Despite negative reviews, the film went on to spawn a franchise, currently consisting of seven films.

In [[Film/{{Leprechaun 2}} the second film]], the leprechaun resurfaces in L.A. and tries to force a woman to be his bride while her boyfriend tries to stop him. In [[Film/{{Leprechaun 3}} the third film]], the title creature is awakened in Las Vegas, and sets out to reclaim his gold. For the third film, a new "rule" was added: if you get bitten by a leprechaun, unless you kill them, you will turn into one. Also, each leprechaun has a "lucky" gold piece, that will grant whoever holds it one wish.

The fourth film is [[SarcasmMode creatively titled]] ''[[Film/Leprechaun4InSpace Leprechaun 4:]] [[RecycledInSpace In Space]]''. In the future, a team of {{Space Marine}}s are searching for an [[RichBitch alien princess]], whom the leprechaun intends to make his bride. The more gold a leprechaun has, the more powerful his magic is, and combining her wealth with his own will make him the most powerful being in the galaxy.

''Film/LeprechaunInTheHood'' takes place sometime between the third and fourth films, with the action moved back to L.A. ''Film/LeprechaunBack2ThaHood'' is an indirect sequel to the previous film, but recycles the plot of the third film. It was also the last film to star Davis in the title role. The ''Hood'' films were the only other entries of the ''entire franchise'' besides the original to receive a [[Website/RottenTomatoes Tomatometer]] score higher than 0%.

In 2014, Creator/{{Lionsgate}} and Wrestling/{{WWE}} Films released a DarkerAndEdgier reboot, ''Film/LeprechaunOrigins'', starring Dylan "Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}}" Postl as the creature. An eight film, ''Leprechaun Returns'', is being produced as a Creator/{{Syfy}} [[SyFyChannelOriginalMovie original film]] and a direct sequel to the original film. Taking place 25 years later, the film is planned for release in 2019.

Speaking of Syfy, ''Leprechaun's Revenge'', which was originally titled ''Red Clover'', has no relation to the franchise.
!!These films have examples of:


[[folder:Series-wide tropes]]
* AffablyEvil: The leprechaun seldom kills those that don't steal his gold, insult him, get in his way, or do anything else to anger him. In the first and fifth films he is willing to spare those that return his gold. When he first meets Ozzie in the original film, he offers to shine his shoes for him. In ''Back 2 Tha Hood'', he seems to get along with a stoner who lets him smoke from his bong... until he finds out that the stoner has one of his gold coins.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Due to his short stature, Leprechaun usually goes for the legs.
* AlienBlood: Leprechaun bleeds green.
* AndIMustScream: This happens to the Leprechaun in nearly all of the movies.
* AntagonistTitle
* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever
* BeatItByCompulsion: Leprechaun is compelled to shine all the dirty shoes he comes across.
* BerserkButton: Do not steal the Leprechaun's gold. [[ParanoiaFuel He will find you.]]
* BlackComedy: The films aren't strictly horror. Hell, the Leprechaun chases people on roller skates, wheel chairs and tricycles, performs a rap number and kills one person with a po-go stick.
* DolledUpInstallment: ''Leprechaun's Revenge'' was advertised as a new movie in this series despite not being related at all.
* EvilLaugh: Lep has a distinctive "haahaha" -laugh.
* FauxAffablyEvil: The leprechaun goes back and forth between this and just AffablyEvil. At one point in ''In The Hood'', he acts friendly to someone for a while before tearing their finger off. While he does seem genuinely affable at times, the leprechaun also as a habit of pretending to be nice before attacking his victims. It depends on his mood.
* {{Flanderization}}: While the original movie's dosed with black humor, comedy ''really'' overtakes the horror aspect as the series goes along.
* GenreSavvy: A few humans know enough about the folklore of leprechauns to actually use them against him, but often they're not savvy enough to kill him.
* {{Immortality}}: The Leprechaun does not age, has been trapped for years without food or water and survived, usually shrugs off attacks undamaged or heals quickly, and has been blown to pieces and quickly reformed. Generally, the only ways to kill him are either shoving cast iron into him or shooting him with a four-leaf clover.
* ImplacableMan: The Leprechaun, bordering on TheJuggernaut in ''Back 2 tha Hood''.
* JackassGenie: The Leprechaun's preferred style of granting wishes.
* JokerImmunity: Depending on whether or not you consider the Leprechaun the same creature in each film.
* KryptoniteFactor: Wrought iron and the four-leafed clovers are the weakness for the Leprechaun.
* LaughablyEvil: One of the reasons the franchise is popular is because of how hilarious Lubdan the Leprechaun is as a villain.
* LeftHanging: The ''Leprechaun'' comic series produced by a company called Bluewater Productions was seemingly cancelled after four issues, and just as it was getting good.
%%* ManipulativeBastard: Leprechaun imitates voices when needed.
* NeutralFemale: In the first movie's final battle.
* NumberedSequels: [[StoppedNumberingSequels Stopped]] after the fourth film.
* OddballInTheSeries: Granted, all films have different continuities, but ''Leprechaun 4: In Space'' in particular stands out, because 1) It is the only film set in the future and not on Earth.
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: Gradually. There's ''Leprechaun'', followed by ''Leprechaun 2'' and ''Leprechaun 3'', then introducing subtitles with ''Leprechaun 4: In Space'', followed by dropping the number for ''Leprechaun: In The Hood'' and ending with ''Leprechaun: Back 2 Da Hood'' by mimicking ''Film/TwoFastTwoFurious'''s ridiculous title.
* RhymesOnADime: Leprechaun is fond of rhyming. The fourth movie is the only installment where he doesn't do any.
* SelfPlagiarism: Director of the first film (and writer of every entry in the series) Mark Jones made ''Film/{{Rumpelstiltskin}}'' in 1995, which is another horror film with an evil wish granting dwarf. He seems to have thing for mini-monster movies, since he also made one about a DemonicDummy called ''Triloquist''
* SeriesContinuityError: The biggest issue is regarding how the Leprechaun is awakened as it changes from movie to movie. His age is also inconsistent.
** How he's killed or defeated is different each film. However, surprisingly, the same weapons that work on him in one film normally continue to work in another. Cast iron is among the most often used.
** There IS of course the theory that it's not the same Leprechaun in each film and they just all look the same, though.
*** Which in itself would be another continuity error. Back 2 The Hood confirms there are other leprechauns but states that only one remained in this world.
** The second movie states that the leperchaun cannot kill with his treasure. The third film has him killing a man with one of his coins.
* SuperOCD: The Leprechaun has a strange compulsion to shine any shoes that he sees. Even when he's trying to attack/kill people, he still takes the time to polish shoes.
* ThematicSeries: There isn't any connecting thread to the movies beyond the leprechaun. They're all their own self contained stories.
* {{Undercrank}}: Used in the first film to make it seem that leprechaun is going faster.

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* AnAxeToGrind: When leprechaun catches Nathan on a beartrap in the first film, he attempts to attack him with an axe.
* BlandNameProduct: Lucky Clovers cereal. Making it even more obvious is that they refer to Lucky Charms in the dialog: "''Fuck you, Lucky Charms''".
* BulletTime: Used briefly in the pogo stick scene.
* CassandraTruth: Simple guy he is, nobody believes Ozzie when he says that there's a leprechaun in the basement and how it was going to shine his shoes.
* ChekhovsGun: Subverted with the cop's gun in the first film.
** Also played straight with [[spoiler:Alex's slingshot]]
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: How our protagonists finally find the four-leafed clover in the first film.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Caving in a poor sod's chest with a pogo stick, anyone?
* DeathByFallingOver: Mrs. O'Grady's death.
* DutchAngle: Used in the first movie when Tori goes to the retirement home.
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: True to the legends, a rainbow leads to the leprechaun's pot of gold.
* EyeScream: Tori pokes leprechaun's right eye out in the first film. Then he gouges up a spare from a corpse.
* FanService: Some relatively tame fanservice occurs in the original - Tori spends the whole film in [[WhoWearsShortShorts short shorts]], and a chase scene filmed from The Leprechaun's point of view means we get an extended look at her legs and rear end as she runs.
* FrightDeathtrap: Used against Dan O'Grady's wife.
%%* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger
* HardToLightFire: In the prologue, Dan O'Grady tries to burn the leprechaun alive inside its crate, but the match goes out and he dies of a HollywoodHeartAttack before he can light another.
* HollywoodDarkness: Made painfully obvious in the first movie, when Nathan brings a flashlight outside.
* HollywoodHeartAttack: Dan O'Grady suffers one just before he's going to get rid of the leprechaun.
* ImMelting: Leprechaun starts to melt when he swallows the four-leafed clover.
* ImpactSilhouette: The natural result of a leprechaun on roller skates colliding with a white picket fence in the first film.
* IronicNurseryTune: Leprechaun is fond of these in the first film.
* LullDestruction: When Alex sets the bear trap for the leprechaun in the first movie, voice over of him saying "how he's going to get him" is added
%%* ManChild: Ozzie in the first film.
* NeckSnap: Happens to both Mrs. O'Grady and Deputy Tripet.
* NoPeripheralVision: When Tori goes to the basement looking for Nathan, both them miss each other despite the small space.
* OutsideRide: The Leprechaun attempts it in the first movie, but he can't quite hold on.
* PrecisionFStrike: "Fuck you, Lucky Charms!"
* PsychopathicManchild: The leprechaun from the original movie.
* SequelHook: Leprechaun's declaration at the end of the first film.
-->"I'll not rest till I have me gold. Curse this well that me soul shall dwell, till I find me magic that breaks me spell!"
** And it did get sequels but they weren't connected to the first movie or each other for that matter.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Tori is the only female character in the group.
%%* TheSiege: Last third of the first movie.
* TakeThat: In the first film, the Leprechaun tries a knock-off of Lucky Charms and promptly spits it out.
* TeleportationSpam: Done when the leprechaun harasses a cop in the forest.