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[[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]]

A 1993 horror-comedy film that spawned a franchise. In all six (6!) installments, none of which seem to have any sort of continuity, the titular character is played by [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Warwick]] [[Film/{{Willow}} Davis]].

In the original ''[[color:green:Leprechaun]]'', 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 (they cancel out his magic). They are finally able to [[KillItWithFire kill it (with fire)]]. Or do they?

In [[Film/{{Leprechaun 2}} Part 2]], there's another evil leprechaun in L.A., who tries to force a woman to be his bride while her boyfriend tries to stop him.

In [[Film/{{Leprechaun 3}} Part 3]], the title creature is awakened in Las Vegas, and sets out to reclaim his gold. A new "rule" was added, that said if you get bitten by a leprechaun, you will turn into one, unless you kill him. Also, each leprechaun has a "lucky" gold piece, that will grant whoever holds it one wish.

Part four is creatively titled ''Film/Leprechaun4InSpace'', which shamelessly ripped off the tagline from ''Film/{{Alien}}'' ("In Space, No-One Can Hear You Scream"). In the future, a team of {{Space Marine}}s are searching for an [[RichBitch alien princess]], who he intends to make his bride. Apparently, the more gold a leprechaun has, the more powerful his magic is. Combining her wealth with his own will make him the most powerful being in the galaxy!

''Leprechaun in Da Hood'' takes place sometime between Parts 3 & 4, only the action is moved back to L.A. A local hoodlum (Ice T!) discovers the leprechauns gold, and in the ensuing struggle accidentally tosses the gold medallion from Part 3 around it's neck, trapping it in stone. Among his newly acquired treasure, he comes across a golden flute that gives it's owner great musical talent. Flash forward several years, and he is now a successful rap producer. One night, three aspiring singers rob his office in retaliation for denying them a record deal. They steal the flute and the medallion, unwittingly releasing the leprechaun... [[CaptainObvious in da hood]].

''Leprechaun: Back 2 Da Hood'' is basically a rehashing of Part 2 in the setting of Part 5.

And contrary to what Syfy wants you to believe, Leprechaun's Revenge is not a sequel to Leprechaun.

In 2014, Lionsgate and Wrestling/{{WWE}} Films released a DarkerAndEdgier reboot, ''Leprechaun: Origins'', starring Dylan "Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}}" Postl as the creature.
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!!This series contains examples of the following 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.
** FauxAffablyEvil: The leprechaun goes back and forth between the two. 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.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Leprechaun usually goes for the legs.
* AlienBlood: Leprechaun bleeds green.
* AndIMustScream: In ''Leprechaun in da Hood'', Leprechaun gets put turned into stone.
* AntagonistTitle
%%* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever
* AnAxeToGrind: When leprechaun catches Nathan on a beartrap in the first film, he attempts to attack him with an axe.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: The ending of ''Leprechaun in the Hood.'']]
* 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.
* BlandNameProduct: Lucky Clovers cereal. Making it even more obvious is that they refer to Lucky Charms in the dialog: "''Fuck you, Lucky Charms''".
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: The Leprechaun's three female minions in ''Da Hood''.
* 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.
* CombatHaircomb: An Afro Pick shuriken.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Caving in a poor sod's chest with a pogo stick, anyone?
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Leprechaun: Origins'' is going this direction.
* DeathByFallingOver: Mrs. O'Grady's death in the first film.
* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: Four-leaf clover-laced hollow point bullets in ''Back 2 tha Hood''.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: ''Leprechaun in the Hood''. [[HopeSpot It looks like the necklace has frozen the leprechaun again.]] We then cut to sometime later, as Postmaster P is onstage, a success, but at the cost of his moral code and his friends' lives. However, he looks at the camera and removes his sunglasses, revealing his glowing green eyes. Not only has the Leprechaun survived, but he's taken control of Post, and if the end credits rap is considered canon to the film, he regains his control over the zombie fly girls. This remains the only film in which [[TheBadGuyWins the Leprechaun remains unvanquished.]]]]
* DolledUpInstallment: ''Leprechaun's Revenge'' was advertised as a new movie in this series despite not being related at all.
* 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.
* EvilLaugh: Lep has a distinctive "haahaha" -laugh.
* 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 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.
* {{Flanderization}}: While the original movie's dosed with black humor, comedy ''really'' overtakes the horror aspect as the series goes along.
* FrightDeathtrap: In the first movie, against the Irishman's wife.
* 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.
%%* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger
* HiddenDepths: Butch in ''Leprechaun in da Hood'' possesses knowledge of [[GadgeteerGenius electrical wiring and chemistry]], first displayed in his attempt to fix the group's fried musical equipment, and comes up several times in their battle with the Leprechaun.
* 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.
* ImplacableMan: The Leprechaun, bordering on TheJuggernaut in ''Back 2 tha Hood''.
* InNameOnly: ''Leprechaun Origins'' shares nothing in common with the original films.
* IronicNurseryTune: Leprechaun is fond of these in the first film.
* 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.
* 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.
* Letters2Numbers: ''Back 2 tha Hood''.
* 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.
%%* ManipulativeBastard: Leprechaun imitates voices when needed.
* TheMusicMeister: In ''Leprechaun In Da Hood'', the Leprechaun uses his powers to make the people in a night club sing and dance for him.
* NeutralFemale: In the first movie's final battle.
%%* NWordPrivileges: ''The Hood'' movies.
* NoPeripheralVision: When Tori goes to the basement looking for Nathan, both them miss each other despite the small space.
* NumberedSequels: [[StoppedNumberingSequels Stopped]] after the fourth film.
* 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 ''[[TheFastAndTheFurious 2 Fast 2 Furious]]'''s ridiculous title.
* 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.
* 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.
** 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.
* 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.
%%* ShesGotLegs: Tammy in the third movie.
%%* TheSiege: Last third of the first movie.
* SummonBackUpDancers: In ''Leprechaun In Da Hood'', the Leprechaun uses his powers to make the people in a night club sing and dance for him.
* 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.
* TakeThat: In the first film, the Leprechaun tries a knock-off of Lucky Charms and promptly spits it out.
%%* TakenForGranite: The Leprechaun in ''In da Hood''.
* TeleportationSpam: Done when the leprechaun harasses a cop in the forest.
* 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.
* VillainSong: ''"[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlufxatPxnA Lep in the Hood, come to do no good]]"''
%%* VivaLasVegas: Third film.
* TheVoiceless: The leprechaun in ''Leprechaun Origins'' does not speak, but rather snarls and growls like a feral animal.
* YouFightLikeACow: In ''Back 2 Tha Hood'', after Watson punches the Leprechaun into a pile of garbage, the Lep shrugs it off and tells him, "You hit like a wee lass."

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