is a 1993 horror-comedy film starring Warwick Davis
as the titular character who although not named in the movies is given the off-screen name "Lubdan". A bunch of people go to a rural farmhouse in North Dakota
for a holiday and discover 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 (or eight if one counts the much-maligned "reboot"
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- Asshole Victim: The deputy that was smart enough to pull the leprechaun over.
- Bland-Name Product: Lucky Clovers cereal. Making it even more obvious is that they refer to Lucky Charms in the dialog: "Fuck you, Lucky Charms".
- Bottomless Magazines: Subverted. When O'Grady shoots at the Leprechaun with a revolver, he reloads after just two shots.
- Played straight with Nathan firing the shotgun. He fires numerous rounds and never reloads.
- Brats with Slingshots: Alex places the four-leaf clover into a wad of gum and then uses his slingshot to defeat the leprechaun.
Alex: Fuck you, Luck Charms!
- Bullet Time: Used briefly in the pogo stick death scene.
- Bullying a Dragon: A highway cop is an asshole to the Leprechaun. Lubdan lacerates his face, tosses his gun, and ultimately snaps his neck.
- The Cavalry Arrives Late
- Creator Cameo: Special effects artist Gabriel Bartalos appears as a diner patron.
- Cassandra Truth: 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.
- Chekhov's Gun: Subverted with the deputy's gun.
- Alex's slingshot.
- The Leprechaun's eagerness to shine shoes comes in handy when the gang needed to distract him.
- The gold coin Ozzie accidentally swallows.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: How our protagonists finally find the four-leafed clover in the first film.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Caving in a poor sod's chest with a pogo stick, anyone?
- Death by Falling Over: Mrs. O'Grady's death.
- Dutch Angle: Used in the first movie when Tori goes to the retirement home.
- The End... Or Is It?: The leprechaun is seemingly destroyed by a four-leaf clover, and his body buried in a well, but at the end his disembodied voice vows to return and find his gold.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: True to the legends, a rainbow leads to the leprechaun's pot of gold.
- Eye Scream: Tori pokes the leprechaun's right eye out with a police billy club. Then he gouges up a spare from the corpse.
- Every Car Is a Pinto: Nathan's truck won't start, twice.
- Fanservice: Some relatively tame fanservice occurs — 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.
- Filling the Silence: When Alex sets the bear trap for the leprechaun in the first movie, voiceover of him saying "how he's going to get him" is added.
- Food Porn: Subverted. Tori is visibly disgusted by the meatloaf Nathan is eating at the diner.
- Four-Leaf Clover: The leprechaun's weakness.
- Fright Deathtrap: Used against Dan O'Grady's wife.
- Take That!: In the first film, the Leprechaun tries a knock-off of Lucky Charms and promptly spits it out.
- Teleportation Spam: Done when the leprechaun harasses a cop in the swallow.
- Tempting Fate: Nathan shoots the Leprechaun at point-blank range with a shotgun (after having done so earlier) and says that it's dead, only for it to pop up alive again.
- Villain Opening Scene: The first scene of the film shows the titular leprechaun coming back to his lair to count his pot of gold.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Leprechaun is vulnerable to four-leaf clovers.